Oakland address highlights future plans
This year will be the year that the Port of Oakland puts a cargo delivery platform requested by customers to work, the facility’s executive director Chris Lytle has said.
Mr Lytle made the comment before his annual State of the Port address, which took place in front of an audience of 300 people invited by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association and Women in Logistics.
“This is our time. We’ve spent much of this decade working with business partners to build out the cargo delivery platform our customers want and in 2018 we’re putting it to work,” the executive director said before his speech.
The port handled the equivalent of a record 2.42m teu in 2017, and with new capabilities coming on line, is anticipating new volume records each year through 2022.
Mr Lytle’s presentation at the State of the Port address highlighted 2018 investment milestones that are predicted to drive further Oakland cargo growth after a record last year.
These included completion of a year-long project to boost the height of four ship-to-shore cranes for megaship operations, the opening of Cool Port Oakland (a 283,000-square foot, refrigerated distribution centre for containerised perishables) and the expansion of the TraPac Oakland marine terminal to times its Oakland footprint by two.
Cool Port Oakland will ship an anticipated 30,000 containers annually, while the port’s new Seaport Logistics Complex, which has a planned opening of 2019 with construction starting this year, could increase volume even more.
Additionally, in his address, Mr Lytle said the port planned to create a new five-year strategic plan this year which would balance business growth with community requirements.
“As the Port progresses, we want our neighbours to benefit, as well,” Mr Lytle said.
Mr Lytle said that international shipping lines see Oakland as a candidate for first-call service from Asia and that such a call would increase Oakland import volumes.
The port manages the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport and 20 miles of waterfront.
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