The proposed changes at Terminal 5 are intended to ensure future, long-term marine cargo capability, with emphasis on serving larger vessels and increases in yearly cargo volumes. The Final EIS (Volumes 1 and 2) evaluated the potential environmental impacts of constructing and operating two development alternatives and the No-Action alternative. Both development alternatives include these four work elements:
Subsequent to the review of comments received on the DEIS, the Port made a decision to select Alternative 2 as the Preferred Alternative. Alternative 2 represents the necessary physical improvements and the anticipated level of cargo throughput required for both the Port and a Marine Terminal Operator to make efficient and effective use of Terminal 5.
The alternatives considered were:
The No-Action Alternative proposed that no improvements would be made to the existing 197-acre site other than minor alterations and routine maintenance and repair work (including stormwater upgrades), none of which would increase container cargo capacity beyond current capacity.
Under the No-Action Alternative:
Alternative 2 proposes rehabilitation of the existing marine cargo facilities, including cargo wharf rehabilitation, berth deepening, water/stormwater utility retrofits, and electrical utility capacity improvements.
Under Alternative 2:
Alternative 3 proposes the same rehabilitation of the existing marine cargo facilities as Alternative 2, including cargo wharf rehabilitation, berth deepening, water/stormwater utility retrofits, and electrical utility capacity improvements.
In addition, Alternative 3 includes: