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Oakland port to open Saturdays

The Port of Oakland’s four international marine terminals plan to operate terminal gates on Saturdays starting later this year. The terminals are participating in a new program called OakPass, designed to reduce congestion at the port during the work week.

“The Port of Oakland and the four international container terminals agree on the need for [...]


Oakland Port proposes trucking fees to fight congestion

From the Wall Street Journal:

Terminal operators at the Port of Oakland plan to start charging trucking companies to move containers during peak times in an attempt to alleviate congestion.

The proposal, which federal regulators are currently evaluating, is facing criticism from large retailers, farmers and other companies that rely on the port for imports [...]


Port of Oakland announces task force findings on efficiency

Port of Oakland news release:

Task force meets to help Port of Oakland become more efficient

Labor, truckers, cargo owners join effort to get cargo moving quickly

Port of Oakland officials have a plan to move cargo more efficiently at their global trade gateway. This week they got expert guidance in implementing the [...]


Imports up in June for fourth straight month at Port of Oakland

Containerized import volume increased in June for the fourth straight month at the Port of Oakland. The Port said today it handled the equivalent of 75,780 loaded 20-foot import containers last month. That was up 2.61 percent from June 2014. Oakland import volume has exceeded the previous year’s total in every month since March.

Export [...]


Outrage over coal shipping engulfs $500 million Oakland army base project

The possibility of coal shipments through a new $500 million shipping and logistics center in West Oakland is turning environmentalists against one of the city’s biggest real estate projects.

Shipping center operator Terminal Logistic Solutions has been in talks with four counties in Utah, which approved a $53 million investment in April to move materials [...]


Oakland port adds 400 dockworkers

Excerpts from Hellenic Shipping News:

In addition to adding workers, they agreed to train and promote 100 current workers. That will expand the workforce available to fill positions requiring greater skill and experience.

A buildup of ships and cargo has led Port of Oakland terminal operators to begin hiring 400 new dockworkers, port officials said.



PMA, ILWU trade blame for Oakland delays

The Journal of Commerce’s take on congestion at the Port of Oakland:

Skilled longshoremen are not showing up for work in the numbers they should be at the Port of Oakland, contributing to vessel backlogs and longer truck turn times, president of the Pacific Maritime Association said.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union contends the [...]


Port of Oakland adopts $470 million budget for FY 2016

Oakland’s Board of Port Commissioners has approved a $470 million Fiscal Year 2016 budget for the Port of Oakland. It takes effect July 1.

The Port budget includes $167 million for capital improvements, including $32 million for continuing development of Port property at the former Oakland Army Base. The Port is constructing a major West [...]


Hapag-Lloyd warns of Port of Oakland delays

Hapag-Lloyd said that the labor shortages that continue to impact the Port of Oakland have resulted at times in 2-gang limit allocations per vessel by PMA.

“In addition, yard congestion and overutilization of the local chassis pools have further deteriorated turn times causing import cargo to dwell for both rail and local door,” the company [...]


Port of Oakland reports busiest month in 4 years

The Port of Oakland handled 213,260 cargo containers in May, making it the port’s busiest month in four years, port officials announced Monday.

May was the third month in a row in which the port experienced year-over-year volume increases. Loaded import container volume increased 4.5 percent and the number of empty containers shipped back to [...]


West Coast container volumes bounce back

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach reported surges in container volumes in March, as the West Coast starts to recover from months of congestion and union disputes.

The Port of Los Angeles had the second most productive March in its history, handling 791,863 teu, a 17.3% year-on-year increase. Its neighbour, the Port of [...]


Port recovery will be long process, as problems started with 'arrival of big ships'

Excerpts from a Journal of Commerce titled ‘Long recovery ahead for West Coast ports in aftermath of settlement’:

The tentative coastwide contract agreement that was reached Friday evening by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, while most welcome, is just the beginning of a long process West Coast ports [...]


ABC News: Commerce Secretary says it's 'not time for the federal government to step in' to negotiations

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From a KGO article titled ‘Commerce Secretary Pritzker addresses West Coast port slowdown’:

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker was in San Francisco taking a tour of a company called Dodocase [...]


Port of Oakland broke cargo handling record in 2014

The Port of Oakland handled a record 2.394 million TEUs in 2014, two percent more than in 2013. That broke the record of 2.391 million boxes moved in 2006. A 20 percent surge in December import containers contributed to the record performance. The port said for the year as a whole, import volume was up [...]


Import cargo volume continues to grow at Port of Oakland

Containerized import volume continues to grow at the Port of Oakland. Through 11 months of 2014, imports are up 4% from a year ago, according to statistics released today. They increased 2.97% in November, the third straight month of gains over last year.

The Port handled the equivalent of 771,454 20-foot import containers in the [...]