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John Driscoll Named Maritime Director at Port of Oakland

Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle has announced that maritime industry leader John C. Driscoll has named as the port’s new maritime director.

Driscoll most recently served as vice president of export sales at CMA CGM (America) LLC, a leading global container shipping group. He started work on Jan. 27.

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Smaller, slower, more expensive: Panama Canal losing shipping to other routes

The Panama Canal handles around 5 percent of the world’s total trade – in comparison about 7.5 percent moves through Suez. The cost of moving a ship through the Panama Canal has tripled over the past five years to around $450,000 per passage for a vessel carrying 4,500 containers. Many companies are finding cheaper [...]


US ports dangle new incentives to lure services

The plan by Maersk Line, CMA CGM and Mediterranean Shipping Co. to form the world’s largest vessel-sharing alliance, which would control about 25 percent of the container volume in the trans-Pacific, presents great opportunity for U.S. ports, but also significant competitive risks.

In an attempt to influence the world’s three largest carriers that will make [...]


Six cited during truck driver protest at Port of Oakland

Police said they cited about half a dozen people Wednesday morning at the Port of Oakland, where truck drivers pushing for better pay and other changes are holding a protest.

According to Oakland police, specialized units began monitoring the port at about 5:50 a.m. Police were attempting to keep protesters from blocking the entrances to [...]


Port Of Oakland truckers vote to strike

A group of Port of Oakland truck drivers pushing for better pay and other changes voted Friday to stop work at the port on Wednesday, officials said.

The Port of Oakland Truckers Association, a group representing around 350 truckers, said members voted unanimously for the work stoppage Sunday after meetings with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan [...]


Port Of Oakland truckers threaten shutdown over emissions rules

The Port of Oakland Truckers Association announced on Monday that drivers will walk off the job as early as next week if they don’t get financial help meeting new clean-air standards.

The association wants the port to pay an emissions fee of $50 per load to help offset the cost of upgrading, plus a $50 [...]


Investigation launched into crew member’s death at Port Of Oakland

Investigators are still trying to figure out what led to the death of a worker at the Port of Oakland on Monday afternoon.

The worker was operating a crane when he fell and died at the scene, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Mark Leahey said. The victim was a crew member who served as the [...]


Port of Oakland seeks injunction to curb truckers’ protests

Officials at the Port of Oakland have filed for an injunction against independent truckers who have twice forced the port to shut down since August.

Port Spokeswoman Marilyn Sandifur said the injunction is solely intended to prevent the truckers from obstructing the flow of cargo traffic. She said it would bar them from staging protests [...]


Oakland port truckers shut down terminal Monday to protest work conditions, rising costs

A group of truck drivers halted commerce at one of the Port of Oakland’s biggest terminals Monday to protest work conditions and the rising costs of hauling cargo out of the busy seaport.

Truckers and their supporters picketed outside three entrances to the SSA Marine terminal and effectively shut down cargo traffic because crane operators [...]


Fed up truckers stage blockade at Port of Oakland

Oakland truckers protest

August 19: Truckers shut down a major terminal at the Port of Oakland and blocked access to several more Monday to protest repeated logjams that have left them trapped in their big rigs for up to six hours while waiting to pick up their next load.

“We are not allowed even to [...]


Oakland Port struggles to solve cargo backlog

A debilitating cargo backlog at the Port of Oakland is entering its second month, leaving customers waiting weeks for their orders and truckers idling for up to seven hours for containers to transport.

The port and the longshoremen’s union disagree over what caused the cargo gridlock.

ILWU Local 10 President Mike Villeggiante laid the blame [...]


Port settlement approved, clearing Oakland stadium hurdle

From the San Jose Mercury News:

The agreement ends maritime operations at Howard Terminal, which given its proximity to Jack London Square is seen as Oakland’s most viable location for a new major league ballpark.

The settlement, which won’t be finalized until the seven-member Board of Port Commissioners votes to approve it a second time [...]


Port deal could aid Oakland stadium but risk more lawsuits

A deal that could help net the city a waterfront baseball stadium also risks exposing the Port of Oakland to retaliatory lawsuits from two waterfront conglomerates each seeking fresh public concessions.

Several unions insist the port would be better off fighting the lawsuit and maintaining smaller terminals with multiple operators. “They’re allowing SSA to blackmail [...]


Port of Oakland selects new top executive six months after resignation of Omar Benjamin amid spending scandal

Christopher Lytle will be leaving the Port of Long Beach to take the help in Oakland.

The Port of Oakland appointed a new director Thursday after a four-month search prompted after a spending scandal that forced out the previous director, Omar Benjamin.

The new top director, Chris Lytle, will take over on July 1 and [...]


Veteran longshoreman dies after truck plunges into the bay

The ILWU Coast Longshore Division mourns the loss of Manuel “Manny” Stimson, age 78, who worked on the docks for five decades. From the San Jose Mercury News:

A veteran longshoreman died after his after a truck plunged into the bay near the Port of Oakland’s TraPac terminal in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, [...]