Port of Oakland's Napralla Named Chief Wharfinger
The Port of Oakland named maritime veteran Eric Napralla as its Chief Wharfinger. Napralla, a 6-year Port employee, will manage seaport operations ranging from tenant relationships to facilities leasing. He replaces Chris Peterson, who retired last week after 25 years at the Port, 12 as Chief Wharfinger. “Eric brings a wealth of experience to the job,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. Napralla will manage a staff of four Wharfingers and a Senior Maritime Project Manager responsible for seaport operations.
Redwood City Port’s Artist and Talamantes Retire
Four Port Commissioners and staff honored two long-time Port of Redwood City employees at a luncheon this week, Rita Artist, executive assistant/clerk of the board since 1999, and Santiago Talamantes, lead maintenance worker since 1996, both of whom retired this month. "No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden for another," Port Executive Director Mike Giari said of Artist. "For the past 17 years, Rita's role as executive assistant has lightened my burden. Effective assistants are the real gatekeepers in the world, Giari added.
Obituary: Former Port Executive Letitia Cecconi
Letitia Burgess Cecconi, who served as an assistant director at the Port of Redwood City in the 1970s and early 1980s, died July 5 at the age of 78. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Richard, daughters Caroline Cecconi and Linda Goodman, her son-in-law Jordan Goodman, her grandchildren, Jessica Carabarin and Katelyn Goodman, her sister Joyce Eaneff and many nieces and nephews. After retirement, she devoted herself to the care of feral cats in her Emerald Hills neighborhood - never missing one day of feeding in more than 20 years, according to her family.
Port of Redwood City to Dedicate New Wharf
The Port of Redwood City’s $17 million modernized wharf will open and be dedicated Wednesday, April 23, at 10 a.m., featuring presentations by Rep. Jackie Speier, Redwood City Mayor Jeff Gee and Port Commission Chair Lorianna Kastrop. It is the first new wharf for cargo ships in the San Francisco Bay Area that meets the latest operational, seismic and sea level design standards for the wharf structure itself and adjacent shoreline. The modernized wharf replaced a 60-year old World…