Lineage Logistics, LLC, a Colton, Calif.-based warehousing and logistics company sponsored by Bay Grove Capital LLC, San Francisco, and Dreisbach Enterprises, Oakland, Calif., opened Lineage Cool Port Oakland, what is said to be the world’s most advanced cold storage and logistics facility.
Set on 25 acres at the Port of Oakland’s waterfront, Cool Port will serve as the newest hub for temperature-controlled cargo transitioning through Northern California.
“We are excited to expand Lineage’s dynamic, temperature-controlled facility network with the addition of Cool Port,” says Greg Lehmkuhl, president and CEO of Lineage. “The facility showcases the unique and unmatched value that Lineage can deliver to customers’ extended supply chains. Cool Port 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,” says Jason Dreisbach, president of Dreisbach. “We’ll more efficiently connect U.S. producers to Asian markets, and in the process create hundreds of jobs in our own backyard. The incredible impact of Cool Port on our organizations, the Port of Oakland and the Bay Area at large cannot be understated.”
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. Cool Port’s 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.
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. The new facility also supports a full range of services, including rail transload and truck cross-dock operations, refrigerated and frozen storage, import/export services, on-site USDA inspection and labeling capabilities.
Plus, up to 36 railcars per day can go straight to shipping containers to be loaded, eliminating the 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. Cool Port will also use lightweight chassis and tractors to increase pounds per container.
“Partnering with these world-class organizations on Cool Port has significantly enhanced the breadth of services and capabilities the Port of Oakland is able to provide customers looking to import and export temperature-controlled goods through our terminal,” says Chris Lytle, executive director for The Port of Oakland, Oakland, Calif. “The jobs created, the cargo added and the sustainable operation Lineage and Dreisbach support mean we all benefit from Cool Port.”