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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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Port of Oakland import volume held steady in 2015

From a Port of Oakland news release:

Containerized import volume at the Port of Oakland in 2015 was essentially unchanged from 2014, according to statistics released today. The Port said imports declined just 0.2 percent after dropping nearly 40 percent last January and February.

Overall cargo volume decreased 4.9 percent in 2015, the Port [...]


Regular mega-ship calls on West Coast some way off, Drewry says

From the Journal of Commerce:

The average size of container vessels deployed on the Asia-U.S. West Coast route will continue to steadily increase, but mega-ships such as the 18,000-TEU Benjamin Franklin are unlikely to be deployed on the trade in the short term, Drewry believes.

However, Drewry pointed out in its Container Insight Weekly that [...]


Port of Oakland marine terminal re-opens after upgrade

A Port of Oakland marine terminal has re-opened following two months of modernization to improve cargo handling.

The Nutter terminal in Oakland’s Outer Harbor is managed by Everport Terminal Services. It began renovations in November and closed last month to complete improvements that include:

Rebuilt entrance gates for harbor truckers; More than 100 new [...]


Editorial: Tagami should abandon plans to ship coal through Oakland

Excerpts from the Contra Costa Times:

The environmental review for the terminal project did not examine the effects of coal shipments because they weren’t an option being discussed.

Now, Tagami thinks nothing of breaking his promises when money stares him in the face. Four Utah counties are prepared to invest $53 million into the terminal [...]


Video: Megaship Benjamin Franklin enters SF Bay

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After lowering some of the electronic antennas, the Benjamin Franklin passed under the Golden Gate Bridge Thursday morning, with about 20 feet to spare.

The ship is a quarter-mile long, [...]


Megaship CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin calls on Port of Oakland

CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin passing under the Golden Gate Bridge with 20 feet of clearance on its maiden voyage, on Jan. 1, 2016.

The Port of Oakland is welcoming the new year with its own version of Big Ben — the cargo megaship CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin — which is the largest container carrier [...]


FMC’s Cordero ready to seek PierPass shutdown if changes don't come

From the Journal of Commerce:

U.S. Federal Maritime Chairman Mario Cordero said he’s prepared to try to shut down the PierPass program at the Southern California ports via a federal injunction if an agency review of the program finds it to be in violation of the Shipping Act and terminal operators don’t move fast enough [...]


How Utah quietly made plans to ship coal through California

Excerpts from the Los Angeles Times:

LA Times reported that Jeffrey Holt, UDOT chairman, urged leaders to mislead Oakland’s decision makers on the true intended use of the terminal. ”The key concept is — This is a bulk terminal, many commodities can and will go through the terminal,” he wrote in April in his [...]


Fast lane for containers being pilot tested at four US ports, including Oakland

U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently launched at the ports of New Orleans, Oakland, Baltimore and Port Everglades, Fla., a pilot test of a program being billed as a fast lane for cargo containers.

The Advanced Qualified Unlading Approval program will allow C-TPAT qualified ocean carriers (that are also compliant with importer security filing requirements) [...]


U.S. ports to host largest container ship yet

In addition to being the largest of her class ever to call at an American port, the ultra large container vessel (ULCV) Franklin is the tenth largest in the world. Her planned regular run will take her from China to California and South Korea. Photo by CMA CGM.

The newbuild CMA CGM container ship [...]