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 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:
For more detailed information about each alternative, please see section 2.4 of the Final EIS.