In an effort to ease congestion, shorten truck turn times and avoid “closed areas of the yard,” TraPac will initiate an appointment system starting next Tuesday, December 6th. Effective this date, all loaded import containers will require a pick up appointment.
As we learned from our previous experience when SSA began requiring an appointment, there will be an adjustment period. Transaction times will likely get worse before they get better. There will be a backlog of containers to sort through. And, it always takes time for everyone in the supply chain to become accustomed to new operating rules.
Please be prepared and be patient as we adjust to the new landscape.
Just when you see a light at the end of the long congestion-tunnel, BAM, the lights go out. This time, it is TraPac that is leading to the long truck turn times in Oakland.
TraPac’s increased volumes have had a negative impact on queues and terminal transaction times. They are working to alleviate the congestion, but it will not be an immediate fix. As we know, there are no quick fixes to congestion. Here are some of the initiatives and plans TraPac has in place and the timeline for implementation:
Before the end of the year:
- Install four additional cranes to speed up the deliveries of grounded import containers.
- Implementation of an appointment system to even out the truck flows in the import grounded stacks.
Q1 – Q4 2017:
- Expand footprint by 57 acres, nearly doubling its size.
- Acquire two additional vessel berths.
- Total expansion expected to take 11-12 months.
Q2 – Q3 2017:
- Expand the ingate facility to improve truck velocity.
- Implement new gate and yard technology for better truck and cargo flow.
We are appreciative TraPac is taking action to correct the slow turn times, but, boy, do we wish there was a major wand because it is going to take a while.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Port of Oakland a $277,885 grant to upgrade cargo handling equipment at TraPac. The funds will be used to retrofit four rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs aka Transtainers) and one top pick.
These upgrades will equate to a 90% reduction in the equipment’s carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide emissions as well as a 40% reduction in diesel particulates.