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Cool Port storage facility opens at Port of Oakland

The 280,000-square-foot Cool Port facility is a collaboration between Lineage Logistics and Dreisbach.
Photo – Port of Oakland's Facebook page


Lineage Logistics LLC and Dreisbach Enterprises last week opened a rail-served cold storage and logistics facility at the Port of Oakland, California.

The 280,000-square-foot Cool Port facility is a collaboration between Lineage Logistics and Dreisbach, with additional funding and support from the port and the state, according to a press release issued by the port.

A secure, fully cold-chain compliant facility, Cool Port offers 20,000 pallet positions, has three blast cells and includes a 100,000-square-foot, high-cube, multi-temperature storage environment, port officials said.

A range of services are available, including rail transload and truck cross-dock operations, frozen and refrigerated storage, import-export services, onsite U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection and labeling capabilities.

The facility is expected to send up to 1 million tons of perishable product through the port annually.

Cool Port is also expected to "significantly" reduce truck usage compared to standard temperature-controlled facilities, resulting in reduced diesel emissions. Up to 36 rail cars per day can go straight to shipping containers to be loaded, which will eliminate the need to load cargo onto trucks for transfer between ships and rail, port officials said.

In October 2017, the port approved an $11 million project to construct a rail spur to serve Cool Port. The spur connects with Union Pacific Railroad track. BNSF Railway Co. also has access.

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