Frequently Asked Questions

What is Terminal Logistics Solutions?

Terminal Logistics Solutions (TLS) is an Oakland-based company comprised of the foremost experienced professionals in maritime transportation and operations as well as trade and logistics.

TLS is committed to operating the world’s most innovative, efficient and environmentally sustainable multiple bulk commodities marine terminals.

TLS seeks to promote economic development in the communities in which it operates, while maximizing workplace safety, terminal volume throughput and customer satisfaction.

TLS’ leadership team includes Jerry Bridges, President and CEO, and Omar Benjamin, Vice President. Bridges has been an Oakland resident for 19 years and brings more than 30 years of experience in maritime transportation and operations. Benjamin has more than 25 years of international public and private sector experience in investment, development, trade and logistics, infrastructure, commercial real estate, mixed-use and waterfront real estate.

What is TLS’ role in the Oakland Global Trade and Logistics Center?

TLS will provide world-class terminal and stevedoring services at the TLS Multi-Commodity Bulk Terminal, which is a part of the West Gateway section of the Oakland Global Trade and Logistics Center (Oakland Global). Oakland Global is the result of a decade and a half of strategic planning and will become a world-class hub and international gateway for transporting goods by seaport, railroad and roadway.

OBOT will use state-of-the-art practices and procedures to facilitate the moving of cargo directly between ships and rail for a variety of bulk agriculture and mineral commodities.

What is the current status of TLS?

TLS is currently conducting project feasibility and due diligence. Conceptual project design is also underway.

Operations are projected to begin in 2018.

What is the capacity of TLS?

TLS 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 rail cars per day.

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

What commodities will be shipped through TLS?

To feasibly operate and meet established expectations of the bulk-shipping market, a terminal must have the ability and capacity to handle any of the more than 15,000 commodities legally shipped throughout the world. At this time, no single commodity has been committed to or excluded.

Who will provide rail service for TLS?

Rail service will be provided by Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe in combination with Oakland Global Rail Enterprise (OGRE) who will provide last mile local rail services.

Will TLS impact the environment in the Oakland area? 

Environmental stewardship is a top priority for TLS. TLS will be designed, built and operated to meet and/or exceed the project’s California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements, as well as, applicable federal and state approvals.

Additionally, air quality mandates set by TLS will be stricter and more tightly monitored and enforced than current standards, resulting in better air quality for the Oakland area. Air quality and emissions related to Port operations in and around West Oakland will be improved under TLS operating standards.

At all times, all operations and commodities processed at TLS will be subject to and in compliance with federal, state, regional and local laws and regulations. TLS is subject to more than 660 mitigation mandates and conditions of approval by the City of Oakland and the Port of Oakland, including the establishment of a strict air quality regimen in compliance with regulations of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

TLS is committed to innovation and leverages all opportunities to improve our environmental standards. All commodities shipped through the TLS Multi-Commodity Bulk Terminal will:

  • Be transported from origin to the terminal in innovative, specially designed covered rail cars;
  • Be discharged from the covered rail cars into an enclosed underground unit with dust control/collection technology;
  • Be moved within the terminal in enclosed conveyance systems with dust control/collection technology;
  • Be stored within enclosed dome storage unit(s) with dust control/collection technology; and,
  • Be loaded onto the vessel using enclosed state-of-the-art ship loaders with dust control/collection technology.

Additionally, the terminal will have air quality and other environmental monitors installed with results available to the public.

What about greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions?

TLS is committed to environmental protection. TLS and Oakland Global commend and embrace California and Oakland’s commitment to lead by example and set extraordinary GHG emissions reduction mandates for the state. The project’s operations will set the standard for compliance with those mandates.

Is the TLS project good for the community?

When the Oakland Army Base closed in 1999, it dismantled a national maritime asset, an economic engine, and a major job generator for the City of Oakland. 5,000 regional jobs were lost as well as 2,000 civilian/military jobs. Oakland was left with decaying, outdated infrastructure, including 93 non-conforming buildings, 4.6 million square feet of obsolete warehouse and 255,000 square feet of unused office space.

Oakland Global will revitalize the Oakland waterfront through job creation and world-class environmental and safety standards, and TLS is a proud partner in this endeavor.

Oakland Global has established an unprecedented community benefits package, including:

  • 50% local contracting (more than half of total public infrastructure improvements contract value has been awarded to certified local and small local companies);
  • 50% local hours (at least half of horizontal and vertical construction work hours, by contractor and by craft, will be performed by Oakland residents);
  • 50% local hire (once the vertical development is complete, at least half of on-going operations workforce will be residents, with a hiring prioritization for West Oakland residents); and,
  • Creation of West Oakland Community Jobs Resource Center.

Oakland Global will sustain and create thousands of new jobs in a region that has historically been impacted by nearly 17 percent unemployment.

Once fully built-out, the Oakland Global is projected to create 11,970 jobs, including:

2,686 project construction jobs;

2,724 indirect and induced construction jobs;

2,335 permanent operations jobs; and,

4,225 indirect and induced ongoing jobs.

The fully built-out Oakland Global will produce up to $300 million annually in regional employment income.

TLS is in the process of investing over $250 million for the proposed 66 year life of the project to make those benefits a reality and to generate:

  • a construction payroll of $76 million, and
  • annual and induced payrolls of $120 million

Upon completion, the Port of Oakland will solidify its positions as the economic engine to drive Oakland’s economy forward for decades to come.

What are TLS’ health and safety standards?

The health and safety of our workers is our number one priority, and we emphasize health and safety in all aspects of our workplace.

All workplace health and safety practices and procedures will be designed and implemented in partnership with the Union Labor using industry best practices.

What is the relationship between CCIG and Terminal Logistics Strategies (“TLS”)?

CCIG has entered into exclusive negotiating agreements with potential future operators of OBOT, the most recent of which is TLS. TLS currently has an exclusive option agreement to become the operator of OBOT and is exploring potential customers and operations as it considers whether to exercise the option. Beyond that contractual link, there is no legal relationship between CCIG and TLS. TLS is not a subsidiary or other part of CCIG. CCIG does not hire TLS employees.