Port of Hueneme Secures Funding for Auto Import Staging Area

Photo: Port of Hueneme.
Photo: Port of Hueneme.
Photo: Port of Hueneme.

A project at the Port of Hueneme to build a parking structure that would act as a “transfer point” for vehicle imports before leaving by rail or truck received a financial boost from the federal government.

The port said Nov. 28 that it has received a $2 million grant under the Maritime Administration’s Port Infrastructure Development Program.

“It’s an investment that will bolster the efficiency of our operations,” Oxnard Harbor District President Jess Herrera said. “This funding will also provide us with additional tools and opportunities to further facilitate clean air efforts and support our local workforce through promoting job growth.”

The money is expected to be used to begin planning to build a ‘green’ parking structure at the port, which specializes automobile logistics, CEO-Port Director Kristin Decas said.

She called the funding “a welcome start for us to maximize the use of critical space to better serve the port’s customers and US consumer demand.”

“With 23% of our automotive throughput being electric vehicles, we are excited to build capacity to best serve the rapidly emerging zero emission vehicle market,” she added.

By Karen Robes Meeks