San Diego’s board of port commissioners voted unanimously to grant Dole Fresh Fruit a 24½-year lease to import and export fresh fruit at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal.
Dole moved its terminal operations to San Diego from the Port of Los Angeles. It employs 78 people at the terminal, including local union mechanics and clerks.
Under terms of the agreement, the port and Dole will work together on infrastructure improvements that will improve cargo operations at the port, and improve the environment for the neighboring community. The port will invest approximately $7 million in shore power equipment at the terminal that will service Dole’s vessels, as required by new California Air Resources Board regulations. The vessels will use shore power while berthed at the terminal, thereby reducing their diesel emissions.
The new lease extends Dole’s operating area to a warehouse offsite, eliminating truck staging and off-terminal operations from nearby residential areas.