Lineage Logistics and Dreisbach Enterprises officially opened Lineage Cool Port Oakland on November 1. Situated on 25 acres at the Port of Oakland’s bustling waterfront, it will serve as the newest hub for temperature-controlled cargo transitioning through Northern California.
Cool Port is a collaboration between warehousing and logistics industry operators Lineage and Dreisbach, with additional funding and support coming from the Port of Oakland and California taxpayers. This combination brings together world-class cold chain logistics expertise and solid commitment from state and local authorities to assist community growth development.
“We are excited to expand our dynamic, temperature-controlled facility network with the addition of Cool Port,” said Lineage President and CEO Greg Lehmkuhl. “It is now one of the fastest, most cost effective and quality-controlled means of transporting perishable foods internationally.”
“Cool Port is a game-changer for global trade and the local economy,” said Dreisbach President Jason Dreisbach. “We’ll more efficiently connect US producers to Asian markets and in the process create hundreds of jobs in our own backyard. The impact of Cool Port on our organizations, the Port of Oakland and the Bay Area at large will be significant.”
The 280,000-square-foot depot with 90 truck dock doors can send up to 1,000,000 tons of perishable product through the Port of Oakland annually. Its strategic proximity to the port’s marine terminal entrance will expedite the transition process between ship and warehouse, thereby reducing transportation costs and energy expenditure. Oakland is the last port of call for transpacific cargo – thus providing exporters an option for faster transit times for shipping perishable food products to Asian markets.
A secure, fully cold chain-compliant operation, Cool Port offers 20,000 pallet positions, has three blast cells and includes a 100,000-square-foot, high-cube, multi-temperature storage environment. The facility also supports a full range of services including rail trans-load and truck cross-dock operations, frozen and refrigerated storage, import-export services, on site US Department of Agriculture inspection and labeling capabilities.
Cool Port is poised to significantly reduce truck usage compared to standard temperature-controlled facilities, resulting in reduced diesel emissions. Up to 36 railcars per day can go straight to shipping containers to be loaded, eliminating the burdensome need to load cargo onto trucks for transfer between ships and rail.
Cargo-handling equipment for Lineage Cool Port is also 100% electric-powered, which is projected to prevent nearly 9,000 pounds of CO2 emissions in the first five years of operation. The facility will also use lightweight chassis and tractors to increase pounds per container, decreasing shipping costs and lowering transaction complexity.
The Port of Oakland serves the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the most vibrant and fast-growing regional economies in the world. The new operation will further drive job growth in the region, employing roughly 200 people from Oakland and other nearby locations. The port currently provides employment for 73,000 workers, and this number is expected to continue to grow.
About Lineage and Dreisbach
Lineage Logistics offers temperature-controlled supply chain and logistics solutions throughout the United States, while Dreisbach Enterprises has specialized in refrigerated warehousing and logistics expertise in Northern California since 1953. Its warehousing services include conventional public cold storage, order pick distribution, import/export, drayage, blast freezing, IQF processing, cross-docking and trans-loading, and local and interstate trucking; specialized loading and unloading of air freight containers; and specialized handling of temperature sensitive fresh fruits and vegetables. The company’s logistics operations comprise drayage and shuttle services, including drayage/legal overweight container hauling, point of manufacturing shuttle, and localized order delivery fulfillment; and third-party logistics services.