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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Port Of Oakland News

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Port of Oakland Exports Up in June

The Port of Oakland has reported that containerized export volume increased 4.2 percent in June 2019 compared to June 2018 totals. The Port said it handled the equivalent of 74,901 20-foot loaded export containers last month—compared to 71,894 in June 2018.The Port has now reported year-over-year export volume gains in four consecutive months. The Port said import volume declined 7.2 percent in June after rising in the four previous months. Oakland’s total cargo volume – imports, exports, and empty containers – is up 3.6 percent through six months of 2019 compared to the same period last year.

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Butner Gets a Third Term in Oakland

Cestra “Ces” Butner will serve a third term as President of the Port of Oakland Board of Port Commissioners.  President Butner joined the Board of Port Commissioners in 2012.  He first served as President from July 2013 to July 2014.  He was voted to a second term in July 2018.  President Butner founded Horizon Beverage Company, the Oakland-based distributorship serving northern Alameda and western Contra Costa Counties.  He sold the company in 2015.

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Oakland Port: Big Drop in Greenhouse Gases

Oakland International Container Terminal (SSA), a major Port of Oakland tenant, said its $6 million conversion to hybrid yard cranes would cut greenhouse gas emissions 96 percent. “This is way better than we thought it would be,” said Ken Larson, Crane Manager for the terminal’s parent company, Seattle-based SSA Terminals. “So far, this is a very successful project.”The marine terminal, which handles 61 percent of Oakland’s cargo, is converting 13 massive cargo handlers, known as rubber tired gantry cranes, from diesel to battery-powered hybrid engines.

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Oakland Port Tenant: Hybrids ‘Better Than We Thought’

A major Port of Oakland tenant projects big air quality gains from a three-month-old emissions reduction program. SSA’s Oakland International Container Terminal said its $6 million conversion to hybrid yard cranes would cut greenhouse gas emissions 96 percent. “This is way better than we thought it would be,” said Ken Larson, Crane Manager for the terminal’s parent company, Seattle-based SSA Terminals. “So far, this is a very successful project.”The marine terminal, which handles 61 percent of Oakland’s cargo…

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Port of Oakland: $513.6 mln Approved for FY 2020

A $513.6 million operating budget for fiscal year 2020 has been approved at the Port of Oakland. The Port’s governing Board OK'd the spending plan at a meeting yesterday.The new budget is up about 4 percent from the one adopted for fiscal year 2019, the Port said. It goes into effect July 1.The budget projects revenue of $398 million at the Port in the next fiscal year. That would be up about 1.2 percent from anticipated FY 2019 revenue. Operating expenses are likely to increase 10.4 percent from the current budget, the Port said.

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Port of Oakland Concerned with China Trade War

Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle is sounding an alarm over the trade war with China. The veteran maritime leader this week warned that tariffs imposed by both sides threaten the U.S. economy. He added that trade barriers could dry up his customers’ access to a major export market.“We remain concerned about the impact that tariffs will have on the health of our economy,” the Executive Director wrote in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. “To the extent that other countries are stepping in to provide goods that are exported by U.S.

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Port of Oakland: More Cargo on Bigger Ships

Bigger ships are challenging the Port of Oakland with never-seen-before container volumes. The Port said today that vessels on average load and unload the equivalent of 1,767 20-foot boxes each time they visit here. It’s the highest container move count in Port history, up 9 percent from 2018 and 50 percent over 2009.The Port said higher move counts result from shipping lines consolidating more cargo on bigger ships. It added that bigger loads test the Port’s cargo-handling capacity…

Oakland Port Aims for Zero Emissions

The Port of Oakland, a major container ship facility located in Oakland, California, in the San Francisco Bay, said that its Commissioners have approved an air quality plan intended to drastically cut diesel and greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the Port’s maritime operations.Christened as "Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan", it envisions a zero-emissions operation in the future. The Oakland Board of Port Commissioners voted last week to approve the 259-page plan.The Port said that the plan would provide a framework for maritime development for the next 30 years.

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Box Volume Up 8.4% at Port of Oakland

Containerized export volume at the Port of Oakland spiked last month, again turning trade war logic on its head.The Port said that exports, primarily to Asia, were up 8.4 percent compared to May 2018 totals. Imports were up, too, climbing 4.2 percent over last year.According to a release from the port, it handled the equivalent of 85,964 20-foot import containers in May. Exports totaled 78,070 containers.Oakland has now reported improved year-over-year import and export performance for three straight months.

The Bayonne Bridge (The growth in part can be attributed to the completion in June 2017 of the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project, which raised the clearance under the bridge from 151 feet to 215 feet, allowing the world’s largest container ships to pass under it and serve port terminals in New York and New Jersey.) Credit: Port NY/NJ

CONTAINER PORTS: Boxed in or Busting Out?

Benchmarking the Nation’s top container ports in 2018 and looking ahead to what comes next.The nation’s major ports finished 2018 and began 2019 setting monthly and yearly container volume records, but agitated trade activity in the White House raised questions about what corrections would be permanent and which would not.President Donald Trump said on Febuary 24 he is delaying the scheduled March 1 increase in the tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports. The president said on Twitter he wants to give negotiators more time to reach a comprehensive trade deal with Beijing.

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Oakland Port Gets Funding for Tech Program

The Alameda County Transportation Commission has received $12.45 million from the California Transportation Commission for the implementation of the Freight Intelligent Transportation System (FITS) program at the Port of Oakland.FITS includes 15 freight technology demonstration projects designed to address traffic management, security systems and roadway improvements at the Oakland seaport. The funding comes from California Senate Bill 1 funds.The Port said FITS will reduce congestion and improve traffic flow for truckers who haul cargo containers in and out of Oakland.

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Oakland Port Receives Final FITS Funding

The Alameda County Transportation Commission has received $12.45 million from the California Transportation Commission for the implementation of the Freight Intelligent Transportation System (FITS) program at the Port of Oakland.FITS includes 15 freight technology demonstration projects designed to address traffic management, security systems and roadway improvements at the Oakland seaport. The funding comes from California Senate Bill 1 funds.The Port said FITS will reduce congestion and improve traffic flow for truckers who haul cargo containers in and out of Oakland.

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Shea to Receive 2019 Connie Award

William J. “Bill” Shea, Jr. to Receive 2019 Connie Award in Long Beach, CAJ. Christopher Lytle to Be Honored with the Lifetime Achievement AwardWilliam J. “Bill” Shea, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Direct ChassisLink Inc. (DCLI), will receive the 2019 Connie Award presented by the Containerization and Intermodal Institute on September 17. The industry-wide event to honor Mr. Shea will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach, CA.In his current position, Mr. Shea has been…

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Bulk Shipping Comes Back to Oakland Port

Bulk shipping operations could soon return to the San Francisco Bay's Port of Oakland for the first time in 20 years. The Port said  it’s negotiating with a Canadian building materials shipper to transport sand and gravel here.The Port’s governing Board yesterday authorized talks with Vancouver-based Eagle Rock Aggregates. The firm seeks a vessel berth along with 20 acres of adjacent land at the Port’s Outer Harbor Terminal.Eagle Rock would use the property as a base for distributing sand and gravel for Bay Area construction sites.

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Port of Oakland Imports Up as Tariffs Loom

On the eve of threatened tariff increases, the Port of Oakland says its import business is still growing. The Port has reported that its containerized import volume jumped 7 percent last month compared to April 2018. It was the busiest April in the Port’s 92-year history.The Port said import totals have increased in three of the first four months of 2019. It added that export volume edged up 1.7 percent last month.Oakland’s trade numbers predated U.S. warnings of increased tariffs on Chinese goods that could take effect tomorrow.

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Port of Oakland Generates 84,000 Jobs

Californian Port of Oakland supports 84,144 jobs in the Bay Area and 20 percent of those jobs are Oakland-based, according to an economic impact study.The study by Martin Associates shows that the Port’s overall economic value—from business revenue, consumer spending, and total value of goods and services—tops $130 billion. The Port and its tenants also contribute $698 million in state/local taxes.The Port said the study shows that growth in its three businesses—Commercial Real Estate…

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Port of Oakland: 84K Bay Area Jobs Generated

The Port of Oakland supports 84,144 jobs in the Bay Area and 20 percent of those jobs are Oakland-based, according to an economic impact study released today. The study by Martin Associates shows that the Port’s overall economic value—from business revenue, consumer spending, and total value of goods and services—tops $130 billion. The Port and its tenants also contribute $698 million in state/local taxes.The Port said the study shows that growth in its three businesses—Commercial Real Estate…

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Oakland Adds Vietnam Shipping Service

The Port of Oakland will add new direct service to Vietnam by late April. Pacific International Lines (PIL) will launch direct Vietnam links using vessels that can carry up to 11,900 20-foot containers. PIL’s new service is called AC5 and is in partnership with Cosco and Wan Hai.New Vietnam-US West Coast service:•Haiphong, Vietnam loop – Haiphong, Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian, Long Beach, Oakland, Yantian, Haiphong (AC5)In 2018, Vietnam was the Port of Oakland’s third largest import market and fifth largest export market.

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Port of Oakland Reports Surging Q1 TEU's

The Port of Oakland has reported a positive first quarter in its cargo volume. Through the end of March 2019, the Port handled 612,151 twenty foot-long containers compared to 587,356 during the same period in 2018. That represents a 4.2 percent increase.There has been some concern in the shipping industry that a recent import surge has cooled. The surge was caused by shippers last year trying to get ahead of possible new tariffs affecting U.S.-China trade.“Though the import rally has calmed down…

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Oakland Goes Hybrid for Cleaner Port Ops

In the latest development, the Port of Oakland announced that its largest marine terminal is converting 13 diesel-powered yard cranes to hybrid power. The result is expected to be an annual 45-ton reduction in diesel-related air pollutants.The Port said the first hybrid crane began service March 5 at Oakland International Container Terminal. It added that the rest of the terminal’s retrofitted fleet will come online by next year. Each crane, shaped like an inverted U on wheels…

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Fitch Affirms Port of Oakland at 'A+'

Fitch Affirms Port of Oakland, CA's Sr. Revs, Intermediate Revs and Bank Bonds Underlying CP Notes.Fitch Ratings has affirmed the following Port of Oakland, CA bonds:$637 million of senior lien revenue bonds at 'A+';$218 million of intermediate lien revenue bonds at 'A';Underlying bank bonds for the port's commercial paper (CP) notes at 'A'.The Rating Outlook on all of the bonds is Stable.Key Rating DriversThe ratings reflect diverse revenues from the port's aviation, maritime, and Commercial Real Estate (CRE) operations.

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Port of Oakland Gets Giant Cranes

SSA Terminals, the operator of Oakland International Container Terminal, submitted last week a $30 million order for three 300-foot-tall gantry cranes, which are expected to be delivered in 18 months.The cranes will go to Oakland International Terminal on Oakland Estuary and will become the tallest on the West Coast, port officials said.The project aims to prepare the port to handle the world's largest container ships, which can be up to 1,300 feet long and carry nearly 23,000 cargo containers.

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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.

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Oakland Port Cargo Volume Hit All-time High in 2018

The Port of Oakland reported a record-setting 2018 in cargo movement, on account of an expected spike in imports aimed at beating new tariffs on goods shipped from China.According to data released by the port, it handled the equivalent of 2.55 million 20-foot containers last year. That was up 5.2 percent from 2017 volume. It was the second straight year of record volume in Oakland, the Port said.According to Port figures, 2018 import cargo volume increased 5 percent while exports declined 3.5 percent.

Hyundai America Shipping Agency, Inc Port Captain Terence Tse (SF and Oakland ports); SSA Client Services Manager Susan Ransom at OICT; SSA CEM Manager Adam Patalano; MSC Port Marine Operations Manager Michael McMahon Oakland and Seattle ports); Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll (Photo: Port of Oakland)

Port of Oakland Hails Shipping Lines, Terminal

Two shipping lines and a marine terminal operator are leading the clean air charge at the Port of Oakland. The Port this week honored ocean carriers MSC and Hyundai Merchant Marine for 100 percent deployment of shore power-ready vessels. It recognized Oakland International Container Terminal for connecting more than 750 ships to shore power in 2018.“Shore power is the best way to meet the Port’s clean air goals and reduce the impact of global containerized trade on our neighbors…