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Longshore workers return to work at Oakland terminal after safety issues resolved

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 19, 2014) – Longshore workers were able to safely enter the gate of an Oakland terminal on Tuesday night and work the ZIM vessel PIRAEUS. Unlike previous shifts over the last several days, the number of demonstrators and police at the terminal’s gate was small, and Longshore workers determined that the [...]


Volatile atmosphere at Gaza demonstration prevents Longshoremen from entering Port of Oakland terminal

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union were unable to report to work Sunday night at SSA Marine’s terminal in Oakland, Calif., due to volatility associated with a large demonstration and significant police presence at the gates of the facility. In 2005, Oakland police fired rubber bullets in similar circumstances, wounding several longshoremen who [...]


Oakland Board of Port Commissioners elects new officers

From a Port of Oakland news release:

On Thursday, the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners approved a resolution officially ratifying the election of new board officers, which took place at the regular Port Board meeting on July 24, 2014. The Port Board selected Commissioner Alan S. Yee to serve as President, Commissioner Cestra “Ces” Butner [...]


Big ships build up LA-Long Beach

The share of LA-LB among North American west coast ports’ container volume has risen from 58.6 percent in the first quarter of 2012 to 61.4 percent in this year’s first quarter.

The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex the past three years has increased its share of the container trade on the Pacific Coast of North [...]


Push to ban fossil fuels at S.F. Port clears hurdle

San Francisco’s once-busy Port hasn’t handled fossil fuels — like coal and crude oil — since the 1960s. And if environmentalists have their way, the Port of San Francisco will never see a fossil fuel again.

The City’s Environment Commission passed a resolution Thursday urging the Port to close its docks to the future possibility [...]


Lengthy turn times drawing complaints at Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland has come a long way from last summer, when harbor truckers disrupted the port through sporadic work stoppages protesting new clean-truck rules. But based on recent comments from truckers it still has plenty of work to do to improve turn times in the harbor.

Oakland, like Los Angeles-Long Beach, New York-New [...]


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 [...]