Streamlining containerized goods movement from source to destination using a 3-pronged regional solution, called the GRID Project.
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The GRID system is designed to significantly reduce port-related air pollution, alleviate freeway congestion, reduce highway/road maintenance costs, and speed the transportation of containerized cargo from the San Pedro Bay (SPB) port complex to the inland regions of both California and the nation.
To increase economies of scale in the container shipping industry, the formation of shipping alliances and the introduction of efficient ultra-large ocean-going vessels (OGVs) have become the norm. As a result, ports around the globe are preparing their infrastructure for both the massive size of the ships and the volumes of cargo they unload. Currently, no port in the world is capable of efficiently handling these next-generation OGVs. Given the pending threat of the expanded Panama Canal, expected to open in 2016, the SPB ports need to improve their competitive position both nationally and internationally. The GRID system provides the means by which SPB can become the most efficient port-of-call in the world, with ancillary environmental and business benefits for the entire Los Angeles region.
Green Rail Intelligent Development (GRID) is a proposed urban goods movement container supply chain network comprised of:
- The SuperDock™ – a patent-pending, zero-emission, ship-to-shore platform engineered to accommodate current and next-generation OGVs using a vertical container storage design.
- SuperCrane™ – a patent-pending, high-density crane design capable of simultaneously loading and unloading cargo between ship and rail at higher speeds than currently possible.
- 137-mile Freight Pipeline – a subterranean pipeline, using an electrified drone train, to distribute local cargo, thus reducing the need for truck trips to and from the SPB port complex by up to 70%.
- Inland Feeder Terminals – a network of strategically located intermodal facilities, designed to transfer cargo from pipeline rail to truck for last-mile pickup and delivery.
To establish proof of concept for these innovations, GRID Logistics is currently preparing to apply for a grant to complete a feasibility study and computer generated simulations to be performed by California State University at Northridge for a MAP-21 DOT/FTA part of a $70M Research, Development, and Deployment Projects under Section 5312. GRID Logistics Inc. is seeking a Proof of Concept and Computer Simulation Project Study requiring approximately twenty months to complete.
GRID Logistics also is forming a research and development group to construct an industrial physical proof of concept with a team of universities and stakeholder interests public and private, domestic and international.