The board of port commissioners of the Port of Oakland in the US has approved TraPac’s plan to expand its footprint at the port’s Outer Harbour.

As part of the expansion, TraPac, which is the second largest operator in Oakland, will begin construction on a 57ac port area.

Planned to be started this month, the proposed expansion will double the size of the Port of Oakland’s second-largest marine terminal.

"With this expansion, we’re making a long-term commitment to our customers and to the Port of Oakland."

TraPac Oakland general manager Mike Porte said: “With this expansion, we’re making a long-term commitment to our customers and to the Port of Oakland.

“Now that the approval process has concluded, we’re eager to get on with the necessary improvements, and we’ll be doing so aggressively.”

In addition, TraPac has entered into a new 14-year lease deal with the port to grow its presence from 66ac to 123ac, which will be mainly used for cargo handling.

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With the expansion, the company also aims to include two new vessel berths to the two it already operates and facilitate more cargo volume at the Port of Oakland.

TraPac is further planning to start building a new entrance gate at the port this month in order to give harbour truckers better access to the terminal.

The company will also revamp and upgrade its existing terminals at the port, with plans to complete the same within ten months.

Currently, TraPac handles 20% of the containerised cargo moving through the Port of Oakland.