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The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Trade expert says export growth key to U.S. economy

From the American Journal of Commerce:

A noted trade expert is calling for an export resurgence to stimulate the U.S. economy. Dr. Walter Kemmsies said in Jack London Square last week that the Port of Oakland can help make it happen.

“Oakland supports exports,” the economist told an audience of 100 supply chain leaders gathered […]

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Port of Oakland says ‘bring it on’

From Logistics Management:

A Port of Oakland executive is eager for changes in the way container shipping lines operate. Maritime Director John Driscoll said in an interview that newly formed ocean carrier alliances will benefit his port.

“We’ll see larger vessels coming to the port, which is a good thing,” he recently told employees. “We’ll […]

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Port of Oakland set for alliance changes: ‘we’re confident’

Port of Oakland officials said this week that they expect to take on upcoming changes to container shipping alliances with little disruption. The news should be welcomed by importers and exporters fearful of fallout as ocean carriers switch partners next month.

“We’ve spoken to the shipping lines, we’ve spoken to our marine terminal operators and […]

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Bad weather, Lunar New Year lull temper recent gains at Port of Oakland

Containerized export volume at the Port of Oakland declined 1.2 percent last month from February 2016 totals. The Port said it was only the second export decrease in the past 14 months.

Overall loaded container volume – imports and exports – declined 5.1 percent last month, according to figures released today. Import volume was off […]

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Night gates at ports called a 'win-win' on congestion relief

California’s trucking industry has honored a Port of Oakland marine terminal for easing the state’s containerized cargo crunch. Oakland International Container Terminal received the first-ever Terminal Recognition Award last week for opening its gates at night.

The California and Harbor trucking associations presented the honor at a conference in Long Beach. The organizations also recognized […]

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Port of Oakland cranes going higher at largest marine terminal

From a Port news release:

Up to six 366-foot-tall cranes will soon be raised 27-feet higher at the Port of Oakland. The Port said that the $14 million-to-$21 million project will begin this spring at its largest marine terminal, the Oakland International Container Terminal. The objective: make it easier to load and unload megaships with […]

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Port of Oakland exports continue to soar in 2017

From a Port of Oakland news release:

New year, same old story at the Port of Oakland: exports are on the rise again. The Port said today that containerized export volume increased 9 percent last month compared to January 2016. It was the seventh straight month of rising exports in Oakland, and the 12th increase […]

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Buoyed by Tesla, Port of Oakland wants to be ships’ first stop

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Port of Oakland officials are pressing shipping lines traveling from places like China and Japan to make the East Bay their first port of call. In doing so, the port is challenging its larger and more powerful counterpart in Southern California for a piece of the sizable import market.

The […]

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Port of Oakland trade transformed by California growers

the American Journal of Transportation

Excerpts from the American Journal of Transportation:

Agricultural export tonnage has grown a stunning 233 percent at the Port of Oakland in the last five years. The result has transformed the Port’s trade profile, making Oakland a leading gateway to Asia – especially for California growers.

California Trucking Association Business […]

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Port of Oakland sees record volume in 2016

The Port of Oakland saw a record level of loaded shipping container volume in 2016, despite having consolidated its number of shipping terminals earlier in the year.

The port said Monday it handled the equivalent of 1.83 million loaded 20-foot containers in 2016, a 7.6 percent increase from 2015, surpassing the previous record of 1.82 […]

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Bulk terminal operator sues City of Oakland over coal ban

From American Shipper:

Oakland Bulk & Oversized Terminal (OBOT) has sued the City of Oakland in federal court after facing strong opposition from environmentalists and others who oppose coal exports through the new bulk handling terminal OBOT wants to build.

OBOT accused the Oakland City Council of an “unconstitutional abuse of its power.”

OBOT is […]

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Port of Oakland’s TraPac terminal mandates cargo appointments

A third marine terminal operator wants truckers to make appointments before picking up cargo at the Port of Oakland, officials at the California port said Dec. 1.

Wilmington, Calif.-based TraPac announced it was requiring appointments for all import container pick-ups as of Dec. 6. TraPac said the appointment system will reduce waiting times by more […]

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Port of Oakland export boom reaches a three-year high

Port of Oakland export volume reached a three-year high in October, soaring 20 percent over 2015 totals. The Port reported today that it shipped the equivalent of 89,473 export containers last month. That was the most since Oct. 2013, the Port said, and the fourth-largest monthly total in its history.

The figures cap a yearlong […]

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Port of Oakland touts 76% reduction of diesel emissions

From CBS:

Diesel emissions at the Port of Oakland have declined dramatically since 2005, the result of a concerted effort by the port to improve air quality in neighboring communities, port officials said Friday.

From 2005 to 2015, diesel emissions from trucks, ships, tugboats, trains and cargo handling equipment declined 76 percent, from 261 […]

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MOL’s subsidiary TraPac to double capacity of container terminal in Port of Oakland

From the Maritime Herald:

TraPac, which is port operator subsidiary of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), will double capacity of its marine terminal at Port of Oakland. The company reached an agreement with the port authorities for acquisition of another two berths and additional 57 acres of land for 14 years, which will double the capacity […]

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