OAKLAND, Calif. – Four international marine container terminals have created a program called OakPass to address weekday congestion at the Port of Oakland. The new program is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2015 pending review by the Federal Maritime Commission and other conditions.

“The Port of Oakland and the four international container terminals agree on the need for additional capacity to reduce congestion and accommodate future volume growth,” said John Cushing, president of OakPass LLC. “After spending well over a year evaluating options including night gates, we determined that adding a Saturday gate is the most practical and cost-effective method to increase capacity in a way that meshes with availability of truck drivers and longshore workers and serves the entire supply chain.”

OakPass LLC is a non-profit company established to manage the Saturday gate program. An extended gate fee of $17 per 20-ft. equivalent unit, or $34 on a 40-ft. container will cover the cost of the new gates. OakPass will assess the fee on loaded import and export containers entering or leaving the terminals during peak hours, which are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. through 6 p.m. No extended gate fee will be assessed during off-peak hours on Saturdays, 7 a.m. through 6 p.m.