Insight Terminal Solutions Oakland Bulk And Oversized Terminal Project Update For August 20, 2019

ITS
(Last Updated On: August 22, 2019)

has issued yet another update on the progress of its Bulk and Oversized Terminal Project. But, first, what is and what is the Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal Project?

Is The Developer Of The Bulk and Oversized Terminal Project

According to its website, Insight Terminal Solutions, of which John Siegel is CEO, is…

Insight Terminal Solutions (ITS) is a , CA based company who will provide world class terminal and stevedoring services at the Bulk and Oversized Terminal (OBOT) for a variety of bulk agriculture and mineral commodities, utilizing state-of-the-art environmental practices and procedures.

UPDATE: Insight Terminal Solutions Oakland Project Update for August 20,2019

is currently conducting project feasibility and due diligence. Conceptual project design is currently underway. Operations are projected to start in 2018. ITS will operate the terminal under a 66 year lease at a site located within the area known as the “West Gateway Area” of the westernmost portion of the former Army Base.

Insight Terminal Solutions Ceo John Siegel Biography
Ceo John Siegel Biography

The terminal will be designed, built and operated to meet and/or exceed CEQA and all City of Former Army Base approvals with the two state-of-the-art enclosed material handling and delivery systems fully enclosed covered storage, dust collection systems.

The terminal will be designed to handle an annual throughput of 9,500,000 metric tons of bulk agriculture and mineral commodities and receive up to three unit trains of 114 covered rail cars per day through covered rapid discharge rail car unloading stations rail service will be provided by Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe in combination with Global Rail Enterprise (OGRE) who will provide last mile local rail services.

The terminal will be designed to accommodate Handymax (30,000 tons) to Capesize (130,000 tons) vessels utilizing two state-of-the-art fully enclosed shiploaders.

As for what the Bulk and Oversized Terminal is, it’s described as a “bulk terminal,” and …

And…

Bulk terminal activities at the ( Army Base) West Gateway have been a key component of the Global project since its inception, and starting in 2011, OBOT has been in discussion with potential bulk terminal operators. Concurrent with publication of the February 2012 Global Master Plan and the May 2012 Global CEQA Initial Study/Addendum, OBOT initiated negotiations with potential terminal operators including Kinder Morgan, Metro Ports, and Terminal Logistics Solutions. In 2018, OBOT entered into an agreement with (ITS) for the sublease and operations of West Gateway bulk terminal activities.

UPDATE On Bulk and Oversized Terminal Progress

Phil Tagami Oakland Developer
Developer

, and co-developer of California Capital Group, have been the unwitting victims of a political attack waged by the City of , and over a bogus claim that did not know that coal was to be one of the commodities shipped through the Global Bulk and Oversized Terminal until 2015.

In point of fact, the City of was not only aware that coal was to be one of the commodities way before 2015, but paid for a market study called the TIOGA Report, and done in 2009, to assess the market potential for coal through what came to be called the Bulk and Oversized Terminal.

That report set up a kind of end goal for Mr. Tagami – one that the City of privately believed he would not meet: to secure a capable and experienced partner that would establish coal shipment contracts through the Bulk and Oversized Terminal.

But Mr. Tagami did just that, twice. The first partner did not want to meet Phil’s stringent environmental requirements, including the use of covered rail cars. That led him to the partnership with that exists today.

Tom Steyer (photo courtesy ABC News)
Tom Steyer (photo courtesy ABC News)

The City of has twice tried to block and from building the Bulk and Oversized Terminal as long as coal was a commodity. On both cases, the Federal Court ruled the City of ’s actions were not legal.

As to what’s driving ’s moves, one can look to the political involvement of now Presidential Candidate Tom Steyer, who notably has given over a half-million dollars to the political interests of Mayor Libby Schaaf.

Steyer’s appearance in the Political Scene can be matched to when the City of turned against the Bulk and Oversized Terminal project.

As of now, ITS and Mr. Tagami are waiting for the next round of legal hearings to start.

Stay tuned.

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