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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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CMA CGM to deploy six 18,000-TEU ships from Asia to West Coast

From the Journal of Commerce:

CMA CGM plans to upgrade a trans-Pacific service to the West Coast by deploying six ships with capacities of 18,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units, starting late May, a bet that container terminals can handle the largest mega-ships to call the U.S. and that volume will steadily grow.

Rodolphe Saade, vice chairman at [...]

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CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin makes early morning arrival in Oakland

From CBS SF Bay Area:

The 1,310-foot-long CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, capable of carrying up to 18,000 shipping containers, docked at Berths 55-56 at Oakland’s Middle Harbor at around 7 a.m.

The largest container ship to ever berth in North America made an early return visit to the Port of Oakland Thursday.

The ship [...]

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Port of Oakland approves deal to terminate Outer Harbor Terminal lease

From KRON 4:

Port of Oakland officials announced the approval of an agreement Friday afternoon to terminate a 50-year lease for its second-largest terminal seven years after it was signed.

Outer Harbor Terminal LLC – a joint venture between HHH Oakland Inc., an indirect subsidiary of Ports America, and Terminal Investment Ltd. – announced [...]

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Port of Oakland Oks up to $1.5 million for night, weekend gates

Port of Oakland Commissioners have authorized spending up to $1.5 million to open night and weekend marine terminal gates here. The funds would be used to increase access hours for harbor truck drivers at the terminals beginning Feb. 13.

Added hours are central to plans for redistributing cargo when one of five Oakland marine terminals [...]

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Port of Oakland sets plan to shift cargo when terminal closes

The Port of Oakland has set its plan to move containerized cargo once a marine terminal closes March 31. The Port said its Continuity Plan will keep trade flowing and prevent vessel diversions to other ports. The plan addresses the impending shutdown of Outer Harbor Terminals LLC, formerly known as Ports America Outer Harbor Terminals [...]

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Oakland bankruptcy won’t deter Ports America investment elsewhere

From the Journal of Commerce:

The decision Monday by Outer Harbor Terminal in Oakland to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection will not deter Ports America from continuing to invest in its other container terminals on both the West and East coasts, the company said Wednesday.

Outer Harbor Terminal, a joint venture between Ports America [...]

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Port of Oakland says Ports America terminal’s bankruptcy filing ‘is a shame’

From KRON4:

The Port of Oakland has been left suddenly redirecting cargo from Outer Harbor to the port’s other four terminals. While they have the capacity to absorb the excess cargo they will need to make some efficiency improvements to avoid backups, port spokesman Michael Zampa said Monday.

Whether Ports America’s bankruptcy petition would [...]

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New performance guidelines proposed for Port of Oakland

From a Port of Oakland news release:

Port of Oakland users want trucks to get in and out of its marine terminals in less time. That was the message from an Efficiency Task Force that met here this week. The group of cargo owners, terminal operators, labor representatives and others called for a 90-minute maximum [...]

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Port of Oakland in talks with TraPac amid Ports America exit

From an article titled ”Port of Oakland steams ahead after Ports America announces exit” in the Contra Costa Times:

The Port of Oakland revealed Thursday that it is in advanced negotiations with container cargo operator TraPac for a terminal, and has found new berths to handle nearly all the cargo that will be displaced by [...]

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Ports America ending lease at Oakland's Outer Harbor Terminal

The Port of Oakland has issued the following news release:

Port of Oakland officials promised to keep cargo moving efficiently after Ports America Outer Harbor terminal announced today it will close in March. The Port said vessels will be rerouted to adjacent terminals after the shutdown occurs. Port representatives assured shipping lines and cargo owners [...]

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