Present Tense, Future Perfect: Optimising Terminal Operations



Robert S. Johansen, PE, Associate Vice President & Director – Ports and Marine Planning, AECOM, Oakland, CA, USA


For day-to-day operations, the TraPac Terminal at the Port of Oakland relies on an agile work force, a flexible fleet of container-moving equipment, and sophisticated scheduling techniques to coordinate the flow of thousands of containers across its facility. And to find solutions that keep TraPac ahead of burgeoning demand, the terminal often relies on AECOM – a global design consultant that has delivered decades of local service to Port of Oakland tenants.

The berth of U.S. containerization

The Port of Oakland was the first U.S. port to design marine terminals specifically for container operations. The initial twoberth installation, now known as the Ben Nutter Container Terminal, was completed in 1965 on a greenfield site adjacent to the Alameda/Oakland estuary. The gambit paid off; in 1962, Oakland was processing about 2.5 million tons of cargo a year. By 1972, the volume had jumped to 6.5 million tons..

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