Where Rail Meets Water
The Oakland waterfront plays a vital role in the west coast marine highway, yet the urban location of Oakland’s port means there is limited space for expansion of maritime trade and logistics services. The Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal (OBOT) is a unique opportunity to intensify nearly 20 acres of underutilized maritime property through development of a state-of-the-art, multi-commodity marine bulk terminal development located on the West Gateway of the former Oakland Army Base in Oakland, California.
With direct access to San Francisco Bay channel depths that reach 50 foot mean lower low water (MLLW) and newly constructed near-dock rail lines designated for OBOT customers, the OBOT development is positioned to streamline customer logistics supply chains, create more service options for U.S. shippers seeking greater access to and from foreign markets, solidify Oakland’s reputation as a major west coast trade center for American resources, and carry on the proud history of Oakland’s working waterfront through the creation of long-term job opportunities for Oakland residents.
OBOT, at the West Gateway of the former Oakland Army Base, is a private development component of the Oakland Global project. Oakland Global is a City of Oakland, Port of Oakland, and private business partnership that is actively revitalizing Oakland’s working waterfront through a bold redevelopment plan for the former Oakland Army Base property.
The Oakland Army Base was first commissioned in 1941 as a Port and trans-shipment facility. During World War II, it served as a major cargo Port and warehousing facility. Up until 1995, the Base was active with warehouse uses and approximately 2,040 employees. In 1995, the Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommended closure and realignment/disposal of the Oakland Army Base. The base was officially closed for military operations in September 1999. The closure resulted in the loss of more than 7,000 jobs and the dismantling of a national maritime and military asset.
Following the base closure, in August 2006, approximately 170 acres of the former Army Base were conveyed to the City of Oakland, and another 200 acres were transferred to the Port. After a decade of strategic planning for the redevelopment of the base and the surrounding lands, the Oakland Global project obtained all necessary funding and approvals to commence construction and the City of Oakland broke ground on the public infrastructure and site improvement phase in October 2013. City infrastructure and site improvement construction is scheduled for completion in early of 2018.
While infrastructure and site improvement construction activities continue in the surrounding Oakland Global project areas, on February 16, 2016, OBOT executed a 66-year long term lease with the City of Oakland for the West Gateway property. OBOT is in active negotiations with a leading bulk terminal operator for the sub-lease of the West Gateway and future operations of the bulk terminal facility.
Bulk Terminal Operator Negotiations
Since bulk terminal activities at the West Gateway have been a key component of the Oakland Global project since its inception, OBOT has been in discussion with potential bulk terminal operators for the past 5 years. Concurrent with publication of the February 2012 Oakland Global Master Plan and the May 2012 Oakland Global CEQA Initial Study/Addendum, OBOT initiated discussions with Kinder Morgan and Metro Ports as potential terminal operators, and is currently negotiating with Terminal Logistics Solutions (TLS).