Investments to Keep Busy Port Competitive

The Port of Hueneme, located approximately 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, serves international shipping businesses and is an operating facility of Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC). It is best known as the main hub for bananas in the Western United States as well as automobile imports. In order to continue to handle a diverse breadth of business, Ventura County ports and harbors projects help modernize infrastructure and create jobs.

At just 120 waterfront acres, there’s not a lot of room for stockpiling as other ports allow. Operations here must be very streamlined. With approximately $45 million worth of modernization projects in the queue over the next few years, the Port of Hueneme is set on a course for positive growth and maritime innovation. Infrastructure projects include South Terminal improvements. This includes deepening of the port’s shipping channel from 35 feet to 40 feet, resurfacing 13 acres, and adding enhancements that aim to double cargo capacity and improve cargo handling efficiencies while decreasing emissions, resulting in cleaner air.

The Multimodal Optimization & Vehicle Efficiency project helps to improve efficiencies across all three modes of transportation: waterside, rail, and truck. It has provided opportunities to grow jobs and services through more productive cargo handling capabilities and enhanced terminal capacity. 

In August 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded the Port of Hueneme $1.68 million from the Port Security Grant Program. Funding is slated to be used to enhance security, including improvements to the main gate entrance, and upgrading the Port’s CCTV surveillance system with cutting-edge technology.

The first port in the state to be “Green Marine” Certified (2017 and 2018), the port is strategic with infrastructure that helps reduce the environmental impact. This includes the construction of a Clean Truck Charging/Fueling Station and installation of a new zero-emission electric crane.

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