Streamlining containerized goods movement from source to destination using a 3-pronged regional solution

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The Green Rail Intelligent Development (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. With expansion of the Panama Canal underway, 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 environmental and business benefits for the entire Los Angeles region.

Proof Points

GRID is a proposed urban goods movement container supply chain network comprised of:

  • The SuperDock™ – Patented in U.S. and China; a zero-­emission, ship­-to-­shore platform engineered to load and discharge container ships of all sizes to include next­-generation Ultra Large OGVs at vastly higher speeds than those of today’s conventional ports
  • 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

GRID Logistics is currently forming strategic partnerships to develop our business, conduct technical simulations, viability studies, and industrial proof of concepts with a team of universities and public, private, domestic, and international stakeholders.

Awards, Grants or Highlights

U.S. Patent No. 9,205,978 issued December 15, 2015 to Inventor and GRID Co-­founder David Alba: Title of the Invention ­ “System for the Transfer, Storage, and Distribution of Intermodal Containers”. Also patented in China and patents pending in Singapore, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, India, Costa Rica, Mexico, Brazil, and all European Union States.


David Alba

David Alba

President & CEO
Richard Mueller

Richard Mueller