Port of Oakland Prepares for ‘Growth with Care’ Era


The Port of Oakland has released a new five-year strategic plan that pairs business expansion with community benefits to form a blueprint for expansion.

Called ‘Growth with Care’, the 21-page strategic document envisions more jobs and economic stimulus as the port grows. 

Chris Lytle, Port of Oakland Executive Director, 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.”    

In the port's announcement about the plan, it stated that the “centrepiece” of its strategy would be curbing diesel emissions.

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.

Read the 'Digital Container Shipping: The Path Toward Intelligent Supply Chains' technical paper for more information on the digitization of supply chains in the container shipping industry

There are also targets to support growth for Oakland’s cargo volume, which, for air and sea, should reach 2.6 million TEU by 2022.

The port has set a target of 8% more containerized cargo volume in Oakland by 2022, with part of this growth coming from two capital projects at the seaport.

The first is a 283,000-square-foot refrigerated distribution center called Cool Port Oakland that opens this summer.

This facility will receive support from a new 440,000-square-foot distribution center, which is yet to be built, but will be situated at a nearby Seaport Logistics Complex. 

Read more: A new digital shipping platform to speed up global trade flows has been promised by Port of Oakland officials

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