Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Port Sets Out Stall for Containerised Freight, Logistics and Passenger Growth in 5 Year Plan

Strategy Looks at Environmental Improvements and Local Employment
Shipping News Feature
US – In California earlier this month the Port of Oakland released a new 5-year strategic plan to develop not only freight and logistics in the area, but to work for the benefit of the local community. The strategic plan calls for 8% more containerised cargo volume in Oakland by 2022 and a jump in passenger numbers at the port's International Airport by anything up to 20% by that time meaning 14-15 million people in transit.

The plan envisions cargo growth from two capital projects at the seaport. The first is a 283,000-square-foot refrigerated distribution centre called Cool Port Oakland that opens this summer. Another 440,000-square-foot distribution centre is planned at a nearby Seaport Logistics Complex. To accommodate these changes the port has prioritised training and hiring local labour to fulfil its ambitions.

A centrepiece of the strategic plan will be curbing diesel emissions, the Port said. According to Port data, truck emissions are down 98% since 2009 while vessel emissions have declined 76%. The strategic plan commits the Port to an overall reduction of 85% by 2020. Meanwhile the port’s third business, Commercial Real Estate, will concentrate on maintaining high occupancy rates, according to the strategic plan. It will also support residential development planned in the Port’s Jack London Square neighbourhood.

In a preamble to the 21-page strategic document, supported by a short video, Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle said:

“We can grow, but we want our neighbours to grow with us. We must conduct ourselves in the public interest for the public good.”