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™ – 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

GRID Logistics is also forming a research and development group to construct an industrial physical proof of concept with a team of universities and public, private, domestic, and international stakeholders.


David Alba

David Alba

President & CEO
Richard Mueller

Richard Mueller