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Thursday, April 18, 2019

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Port of Oakland Completes TraPac Terminal

Port of Oakland’s container terminal operator, TraPac, concluded a USD 67 million waterfront expansion in January 2019 as it opened a new vessel berth to arriving container ships.The milestone signals completion of a two-year project at Oakland’s second-largest terminal that has nearly doubled TraPac’s footprint from 66 to 123 acres; boosted its fleet of ship-to-shore cranes from four to seven; and added a third 1,400-foot-long dock for berthing mega containerships.“We are grateful to dockworkers…

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Port of Oakland's TraPac Concludes $67 million Buildout

A $67 million waterfront expansion concluded at the Port of Oakland this month, as TraPac marine terminal opened its newest vessel berth to arriving container ships.The milestone signals completion of a 2-year project at Oakland’s second-largest terminal that has:•Nearly doubled TraPac’s footprint from 66 to 123 acres;•Boosted its fleet of ship-to-shore cranes from four to seven; and•Added a third 1,400-foot-long dock for berthing mega container ships.TraPac officially began its new era in Oakland this month when the container vessel Bay Bridge tied up at Berth 25.

Maritime Director John Driscoll (Photo: Port of Oakland)

Port of Oakland: 'Trade Outlook Hazy'

A Port of Oakland official said this week that his organization wants growth in 2019 so customers and communities can benefit. Maritime Director John Driscoll acknowledged, however, that it’s too soon to know how freight markets will respond.“The container shipping sector starts the year with uncertainty due to global trade conflicts,” Mr. Driscoll told 170 guests at Oakland’s annual State of the Port address yesterday. “Nevertheless, the Port of Oakland remains committed to a growth strategy that provides efficient cargo movement for shippers…

Welcome to Lineage Cool Port Oakland, one of the world’s most advanced food storage and transportation hubs. Photo: Business Wire

Port Oakland Opens Cold Storage Facility

Lineage Logistics  and Dreisbach Enterprises announced the official opening of Lineage Cool Port Oakland, the world’s latest next-generation cold storage and logistics facility.Set on 25 acres at the Port of Oakland’s waterfront, Cool Port will serve as the newest hub for temperature-controlled cargo transitioning through Northern California.Cool Port is a collaboration between warehousing and logistics industry leaders Lineage and Dreisbach, with additional funding and support from the Port of Oakland and the State of California.

Participants during the Inland Container Shipping Chain sector consultation on 26 September 2018. Pic:  Port of Rotterdam

Logistics Firms Bundle Freight in Alblasserdam

Port of Rotterdam Authority has welcome initiatives from companies including BCTN, Kramer and Waalhaven Group for more efficient transportation of containers between the Port of Rotterdam deepsea terminals and the hinterland.BCTN is bundling freight in Alblasserdam from its eight terminals in the Netherlands and Belgium in order to offer point-to-point services to the deepsea terminals on Maasvlakte.Kramer and Waalhaven Group are bundling cargo at their own terminals in Rotterdam…

Port of Oakland Executive Director, Chris Lytle (Photo:Port of Oakland)

Port of Oakland, Japan Strengthen Ties

Port of Oakland Executive Director, Chris Lytle, called for strengthened business ties with Japan. Addressing visitors from the Japanese Port of Hakata, Lytle listed opportunities for growth at sea and in the air.“It’s extremely critical for us to have good, strong free trade partners such as Japan,” Lytle told a visiting delegation from the city of Fukuoka. “Japan is a very large and very important part of our business.”Lytle's  remarks came on the 30th anniversary of a sister port relationship between Oakland and Hakata.

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‘Cool Port’ Barge Service at Rotterdam

The logistics surrounding the Port of Rotterdam are daunting. Eight deep sea terminals; 600 barges with 150 different owners; some 150,000 shippers from across Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany all relying on the port. The result is a fragmented and complex area - which especially affects the delivery of fresh produce. Delivering fresh fruit, vegetables and other goods demands efficient, timely and reliable logistics chains. From the terminals to the importers' distribution centres to the local European consumers, clean lines of delivery are key.

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Port of Oakland Forecasts Steady Growth

Containerized cargo volume moving through Port of Oakland is expected to increase 2 percent annually for the next five years. The catalyst for growth: a nearly $700 million injection of capital from outside investors. That’s the message Port of Oakland officials delivered to trade and transportation leaders here this week. “This is good, measured growth that’s not debilitating for our community or our operations,” Executive Director Chris Lytle told a meeting of the Port’s 55-member Efficiency Task Force.

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Investments set Oakland Port on growth path

Containerized cargo volume moving through this city is expected to increase 2 percent annually for the next five years. The catalyst for growth: a nearly $700 million injection of capital from outside investors. That’s the message Port of Oakland officials delivered to trade and transportation leaders here this week. “This is good, measured growth that’s not debilitating for our community or our operations,” Executive Director Chris Lytle told a meeting of the Port’s 55-member Efficiency Task Force.

“Overseas demand for high-quality American-grown products – especially in Asia - has never been stronger,” Photo courtesy Port of Oakland

Oakland's Agricultural Export Rose 42.7% in Four Years

Agricultural exports shipped from here have increased 42.7 percent in volume since 2013, the Port of Oakland said today. Port officials said that the vigorous growth reflects continued strong overseas demand for U.S. farm goods. They added that export growth could stall if foreign governments tax American goods in retaliation for Trump Administration tariffs. “Overseas demand for high-quality American-grown products – especially in Asia - has never been stronger,” said Chris Lytle, the Port’s Executive Director.

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Port of Oakland Targets 2.6 mln 20-foot Containers by 2022

The Port of Oakland released a new 5-year strategic plan today that pairs business expansion with community benefits. Called “Growth with Care,” the plan envisions more jobs and economic stimulus as the Port grows. According to the strategic plan, Oakland cargo volume should reach 2.6 million 20-foot containers by 2022. The Port’s Oakland International Airport is expected to serve 14-to-15 million passengers annually by then. Both would be all-time highs for Oakland. Growing business volume should lead to more hiring, the Port said.

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Port of Oakland’s 5-year Strategy: ‘Growth with Care’

The Port of Oakland released a new 5-year strategic plan today that pairs business expansion with community benefits. Called “Growth with Care,” the plan envisions more jobs and economic stimulus as the Port grows. “We can grow, but we want our neighbors to grow with us,” said Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle in a preamble to the 21-page strategic document. The Port said its plan would serve as a blueprint for expansion into the next decade. An emphasis on sustainability to minimize the environmental impact of growth.

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Port of Oakland Exports Jump 2.1 Percent

The Port of Oakland reported that containerized export volume in January increased 2.1 percent from the same month a year ago. It was the second consecutive month of export growth at the port. The increase follows a 1.8 percent decline in Oakland exports during 2017. The port said a weakening dollar contributed to the January increase, as American products are more affordable overseas when the dollar’s value declines. The port said exports of refrigerated commodities climbed in January. Pork exports jumped 20 percent last month when compared to January 2017. Beef shipments were up 18 percent.

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Port of Oakland Records its Busiest Year Ever

The equivalent of 2.42 million 20-foot containers were handled at the Port of Oakland in 2017, as the U.S. West Coast port surpassed its previous record of 2.39 million containers set in 2014. Strong import numbers helped the port to break another two of its cargo records in 2017, with 919,523 loaded import containers and 1.85 million combined imports and exports. Overall, Port of Oakland’s imports increased 4 percent in 2017 over 2016 totals, while December imports rose 6.4 percent over the same month in 2016. The port attributed the import rally to a strong U.S.

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Port of Oakland Mulls $600m Upgrade

A Port of Oakland executive outlined a $600 million spending plan here today for growth at his West Coast trade gateway. Maritime Director John Driscoll told a maritime audience that Oakland would increase trade volume by investing in new facilities and better infrastructure. The objective: more containerized cargo. “We’re building for growth in a shipping industry that is becoming more and more competitive,” Driscoll said at an American Association of Port Authorities conference.