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44 THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE www.joc.com MAY 16.2016 TOP 25 NORTH AMERICAN PORTS SPECIAL REPORT PortsAmerica.com COVERING ALL COASTS Providing stevedoring & terminal operations in more than 42 U.S. ports and 80 locations Baltimore Baton Rouge Bayonne Beaumont Boston Brunswick Camden Charleston Concord, CA Coos Bay Corpus Christi Crockett Davisville Freeport Galveston Gulfport Houston Jacksonville Long Beach Longview Los Angeles Miami New Orleans New York Newark Olympia Philadelphia Port Arthur Port Canaveral Port Everglades Port Hueneme Portland, ME Providence San Diego Savannah Sunny Point Tacoma Tampa Vancouver, WA Virginia Wilmington, DE Wilmington, NC THE VISIONARY GLOBAL Trade and Logistics Complex that will revolutionize the transfer of cargo between vessels and truck and rail transportation on the West Coast is taking shape in the middle of the Port of Oakland. The nuts-a nd-bolts inf rastr uct ure development under way or planned to begin soon as part of the project — a new railyard and rail access line, underground power and water conduits, and a grade- separation project to prevent truck traffic from interfering with rail access — is the necessary preparation work that must be accomplished before cargo-handling and transload facilities are built. The revolutionary aspect of the logis- tics complex will begin to develop in the next few years when transload, cross-dock and cold storage facilities will be built, not 20 to 50 miles outside of the port boundar- ies as occurs in most gateways, but right in the heart of the Northern California port. The warehouse and rail development will complement the marine terminal expan- sion and modernization that already is making Oakland an attractive destination for mega-ships. Word has reached beneficial cargo own- ers in the U.S. and overseas that before long they will be able to reduce their transpor- tation costs by $100 or more per container when the transload facilities are built. BCOs will no longer have to truck shipments 20 miles or more to distribution facilities if they locate their logistics operations on port property. "A lot of customers have expressed interest," John Driscoll, Oakland's director of maritime, said during a recent port tour. Development of the logistics complex on a 330-acre site that once housed the Oakland Army Base is the end game of a multiyear, $1 billion program to enhance intermodal transportation efficiency and bring logistics operations right to the doorstep of marine ter- minals. The city and the port authority have taken over the base, which closed in 1999. Each controls about 50 percent of the site. The city is working with industrial real estate company Prologis to develop its half, and the port is working with CenterPoint Properties. Oa kla nd, which last yea r ha ndled 2.3 million 20-foot-equivalent container By Bill Mongelluzzo OAKLAND PREPARES TO BE ALL IT CAN BE The city's former Army Base is undergoing a makeover that will bring transloading and reefer infrastructure right to the port

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