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Port of Oakland cargo up 6 percent from a year ago

The Port of Oakland’s total cargo volumes are up 6 percent over the same period a year ago. The Port reported that terminals handled 1,152,608 TEUs between January to June 2016. A TEU is a 20-foot equivalent unit, which is a standard measure in the container shipping industry. During the same period in 2015, the [...]

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Port of Oakland survey: night gates best way to spread workload

From the American Journal of Transportation:

Weeknight shifts are the best way to spread the workload at the Port of Oakland. That’s the view of shippers and those who move their cargo, according to a Port survey released this week. The good news: The Port’s Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) is listening.

OICT, Oakland’s largest [...]

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Oakland officials vote to ban coal handling and storage at new shipping terminal

From the Wall Street Journal:

The Oakland City Council voted Monday to ban the handling and storage of coal and coke at the city’s terminals and bulk material facilities. The unanimous vote came after a long, packed city council meeting; advocates and opponents of the ban demonstrated outside. A second, largely procedural, vote is expected [...]

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Port of Oakland to continue nighttime operations with help of new box fee

The Port of Oakland’s largest marine terminal will levy a $30 fee per movement of all loaded containers to fund the continuation of night operations at the terminal after a $1.5 million port subsidy expires later this month, the port has announced.

The fee imposed by the Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) will be the [...]

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California State Senate approves bill restricting taxpayer funding for Oakland-style coal projects

For the second time in two days, the California Senate approved a bill by Sen. Loni Hancock to block projects like the one that threatens to make Oakland the largest coal exporter on the West Coast.

Specifically, SB 1279 states that the California Transportation Commission will not allocate state funds for projects proposed after Jan. [...]

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Vintage Longshore pics featured in Bay Area art exhibit

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“Working Hands,” a photo exhibit that captures laborers at work, opens Saturday in Hayward.

The exhibit features photographs of Oakland longshoremen on the waterfront by Frank Silva and images of farm laborers and workers at a recycling plant by David Bacon.

There will be a free public reception [...]

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Port of Oakland terminal: appointments mandatory for imports

Shippers sourcing their goods out the Port of Oakland’s largest marine terminal will soon need to make an appointment with drayage providers before their cargo is released.

Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) said it’s making appointments mandatory for most containerized import pick-ups beginning June 6. It means harbor truckers usually won’t be able to drive [...]

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Port of Oakland announces new app for truckers

FYI from a Port of Oakland news release:

Port of Oakland Press Releases, Seaport May 18th, 2016

Oakland, Calif. – May 18, 2016: A groundbreaking mobile phone app developed for the Port of Oakland to aid harbor truckers is now live. The Port said today its DrayQ feature is available at Apple and Google app [...]

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Port of Oakland export rebound now at four straight months

An export rebound continues to build steam at the Port of Oakland. The Port said today that containerized export volume increased 7 percent last month from a year ago. It was the fourth consecutive month of increases in Oakland.

The Port said that 2016 export volume is up 16.3 percent through April. That’s welcome news [...]

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Port of Oakland extends subsidies for off-peak hours

From the Wall Street Journal:

The Port of Oakland is extending a temporary program subsidizing evening and Saturday gate hours, saying the longer daily schedule is the only way to keep cargo moving through the port.

Port officials said the extended hours allowed the port’s largest terminal, Oakland International Container Terminal, to handle as many [...]

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Exporters aim to capitalize on Oakland port’s stronger rail link

From the Journal of Commerce:

Exports in the first quarter of 2016 increased 19.9 percent compared with the first three months of 2015, according to statistics published on the port’s website. As is normally the case, Oakland’s exports were higher than imports.

Oakland is proceeding with its multi-year plans to redevelop the former Oakland [...]

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Port of Oakland annouces smart phone apps for truckers

From the Port of Oakland news release:

Oakland, CA – April 5, 2016: The Port of Oakland today introduced two smart phone applications that could transform containerized cargo handling at seaports. The apps provide a highly anticipated tech-based calculation of harbor trucker turn times – an elusive industry metric.

The apps, DrayQ™ and DrayLink™, employ [...]

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Port of Oakland terminal reopens after Monday closure

Excerpts from American Shipper:

Craig Merrilees, a spokesman for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, told American Shipper 22 longshoremen at the Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) were dismissed by SSA Marine after they arrived for work at the regular starting time stipulated in their contract instead of earlier as the company wanted. An additional [...]

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West Coast ports soon will prove their mega-ship readiness

From the Journal of Commerce:

By all accounts, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach met the challenge of efficiently handling the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin when the 18,000-TEU ship, the largest ever to serve a U.S. port, came calling. In its initial visit in Los Angeles over the Christmas holiday, the port flipped [...]

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Utah lawmakers pass bill to subsidize coal exports through Port of Oakland

A Utah proposal to invest more than $50 million in taxpayer funds for a coal shipping facility at the Port of Oakland cleared that state’s Legislature on Thursday and is on its way to the governor’s desk.

Terminal Logistics Solutions wants to build a $250 million bulk commodities terminal at the former Oakland Army Base [...]

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