Demolition project under way to modernise Port of Hueneme

The Port of Hueneme has begun demolishing a large, obsolete warehouse at its South Terminal, which officials said will make way for the terminal to double its cargo handling capacity. Credit: PORT OF HUENEME

Demolition works have begun on a large obsolete warehouse situated on the south terminal of the Port of Hueneme, California, United States.

The demolition is part of a USD34.4 million modernisation project that will double the cargo handling capabilities and deepen the port’s shipping channel from 11 m to 12 m.

The removal of the warehouse will make room for a concrete area allowing space for a new USD7 million hybrid crane to operate, alongside the port’s two existing harbour cranes. The new hybrid crane can run on diesel or electricity.

Officials of the Port of Hueneme have said that there is a cargo enhancement component of the modernisation project, which aims to improve cargo handling efficiencies while decreasing emissions, resulting in cleaner air. This component will add electrification infrastructure to plug in and charge the new hybrid crane.

The cargo enhancement project, which began in late July, will cost approximately USD5.4 million for the electrification components and warehouse demolition. The port channel deepening is projected to cost USD29 million.

The Port of Hueneme is the only deep-water harbour in California between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area.