ONN – No Coal In Oakland Misses Fact 1996 SF Bay Seaport Plan Called For New Bulk Terminal
“No Coal In Oakland”, the non-profit financed by the Sierra Club and Tom Steyer, has a tendency to base its views on the Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal, on emotion, and not facts and research. And they approach the matter via bullying and personal attacks, focusing on “Phil Tagami” or “Zennie Abraham”.
So, No Coal In Oakland misses facts and does not understand the history of events that created the need for the Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal.
Take the 1996 SF Bay Seaport Plan, a plan that, on page 15, laid out the need for new bulk terminals in the future:
BULK TERMINALS Findings1. Bay Area ports currently have a surplus of civilian break bulk, dry, liquid, and neo-bulk cargo berths, as measured by vacant berths. However, although these facilities appear to be surplus today, the cargo forecast indicates that seven new bulk cargo berths will be needed by the year 2020 to accommodate expected growth in bulk cargoes.2. Bulk cargo shipping is undergoing a transition. The Ports of San Francisco and Richmond report fewer ship calls than in past years, and have vacant or underused bulk cargo terminals. At the same time, the total volume of bulk cargo processed through Bay Area ports has increased, suggesting that: (1) the forecast overestimated the volume of bulk cargoes because bulk cargoes are now more frequently shipped in containers; (2) larger ships are being used for bulk cargoes; or (3) that bulk terminals are operating more efficiently.3. Some bulk cargo berths are suitable for future conversion to container terminals. These berths include military, public, and proprietary terminals, whose existing operations would be displaced by converting the facilities to container berths. Policies 1. The Seaport Planning Advisory Committee should monitor the region’s maritime cargo volumes, marine terminal use, and ship calls on an ongoing basis. The data collected should be used to determine whether there has been a shift in the method of transporting bulk cargoes and the adequacy of the Seaport Plan marine terminal designations to ensure that the Bay Area has sufficient areas reserved to accommodate future port and marine terminal development. 2. Proposed changes in port use of designated marine terminals, e.g., from bulk to con-tainer use, should be reviewed by the Seaport Planning Advisory Committee, and should be permitted without an amendment of the Seaport Plan as long as the change in use does not detract from the regional capability to meet the pro-jected growth in cargo. 3. In developing new bulk cargo terminals, the mini-mum amounts of backland shown in Table 7 should be provided for each berth.
It’s time for Oakland to be Oakland and provide good jobs in a technologically-advanced working environment that represents the best engineering approaches. That’s something we need in this time of the Pandemic and something the OBOT offers. I pursued Insight Terminal Solutions as a client to get out the truth No Coal In Oakland and the mainstream media deliberately ignored.
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