Record cargo volume predicted at Port of Oakland

Port of Oakland The port predicts that ships will be 35% larger within 15 years and carry up to 18,000 containers
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2.6m 20-foot containers are expected to be handled by the Port of Oakland by 2022.

Record cargo volumes have been predicted at the port over the next five years from 2018, with 8% more volume than the Port has ever processed in a single year by 2022.

“We’re serving a thriving area and developing new services for our customers,” pointed out Oakland’s maritime director, John Driscoll.

The figures appear in a ‘Strategic Maritime Roadmap’ released by the port this month.

Freight driven volume increase

The blueprint for the future foresees increased cargo volume arriving at Oakland on larger ships, driven by Northern California’s expanding freight market.

New logistics capabilities, such as distribution centres and freight transfer facilities, should provide a further boost, the port said in the document.

Mr Driscoll added: “The combination should be positive for everyone who relies on the Port for their business or their job.”

The roadmap forecasts record volume of more than 2.4m cargo containers in 2018. The current record is 2.39m, set three years ago.

Ships are getting larger

The port predicts that incoming ships will be 35% larger within 15 years and carry up to 18,000 containers.

It said this would reduce the number of vessels needed in Oakland and should help mitigate the impact of cargo growth. Fewer ship would mean fewer diesel exhaust emissions, stated the port.

Emissions would also be reduced as a result of logistics developments near railway lines lessening the reliance on trucks.

Oakland’s roadmap incorporates a commercial strategy which calls for an increase of 15% in the amount of import cargo that arrives in Oakland and is loaded to the rails for inland distribution and an effort to attract containerised cargo to a new refrigerated distribution centre and to the 440,000-square-foot first phase of its Seaport Logistics Complex.

The strategy also includes attracting more automotive imports and making Oakland the first US port of call for at least one vessel service originating in Asia.

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