Record Cargo volume in the coming years is projected for the Port of Oakland in Oakland, CA with one of the key projects being construction of a $90 million “Cool Port.”
Officials at the Port of Oakland have several construction projects designed for attracting additional business and reaching record cargo volume starting this year.
Additional containerized cargo in 2018 is predicted and continuing through 2022, a news release states.
“I’m forecasting growth because of the development that’s going on here,” said Maritme director John Driscoll. “It won’t be dramatic, but it will be steady and will result in more cargo volume than we’ve ver had before.”
Driscoll said three international shipping lines are considering making Port of Oakland their first call due to recent port improvements. Any of them making the switch would increase cargo volume, according to the press release.
Projects drawing the most interest, according to the news release:
- Cranes: Four ship-to-shore cranes at the Oakland International Container Terminal are being lifted by 27 feet to accommodate megaship loading and unloading, at a cost of $14 million to $20 million. The second crane was lifted by the end 2017, with work on the other two finishing up in mid-2018;
- Cool Port Oakland: Cool Port will process beef and poultry exports in a 280,000-square-foot refrigerated distribution center that is expected to handle 27,000 20-foot equivalent units of meat each year. The $90 million facility should open next August;
- Seaport Logistics Complex: Construction of a $52 million, 440,000-square-foot transloading facility is expected to start in late 2018; and
- Truck service center: An 8-acre facility with food stops, fueling stations and overnight parking for harbor drivers is still in the negotiation stage.
The Port of Oakland reported total volume of 2.37 million 20-foot equivalent units in 2016, and in 2017earlier this year projected it would handle 2.6 million containers by 2022, according to the news release.