Bulk shipping operations will be appeared in the California’s Port of Oakland for the first time in 20 years.
Also, the negotiations between the port and Eagle Rock Aggregates — the materials shipper builder has begun. Sides should agree the issue of transportation of sand and gravel from British Columbia to Oakland.
The firm seeks a vessel berth along with 20 acres of adjacent land at the port’s Outer Harbor Terminal.
Eagle Rock is looking to secure a 15-year lease for one berth on Outer Harbor, which would be used as a base for distributing sand and gravel for Bay Area construction sites.
Oakland, one of the busiest container seaports in the U.S., handled the equivalent of 2.5 million 20-foot containers last year. However, if agreed, the bulk shipping contract would not hamper container operations as the port does not envision using the property for container handling until 2035.
Nearly 1,300 acres are devoted to containerized cargo, while the Outer Harbor Terminal is currently used for container-related activities as well as berthing for vessels in lay-up for extended periods.
“This is an opportunity for us to perhaps diversify our business,” said John Driscoll, the port’s Maritime Director.
“We’ve built the Port of Oakland to be a global gateway for containerized cargo but a steady, divergent revenue stream could be beneficial.”
Oakland abandoned bulk in 1999 by adopting Vision 2000, a totally containerized cargo strategy.