Cargo Volumes Up at L.A., Oakland Ports

Cargo Volumes Up at L.A., Oakland Ports

Cargo volumes were up at the Los Angeles and Oakland seaports in February, a sign of stronger consumer spending, according to new data. The Port of L.A. saw a 60% spike in overall cargo year over year in February, when it handled 781,434 TEUs, marking seven straight months of year-over-year increases, according to data released by the port March 18. POLA imports in February rose 64% to 408,764 TEUs, while loaded exports jumped 61% to 132,755 TEUs when compared to the same time last year. Empties also spiked 54% to 239,916 TEUs year over year. Through the first two months…
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Port of Oakland Sees YOY Cargo Bounce Back in December

Port of Oakland Sees YOY Cargo Bounce Back in December

The Port of Oakland’s overall cargo volumes were down sizably in 2023, but it saw loaded imports and exports rise by double-digits in December compared to the same month a year prior, according to data released by the Northern California seaport Jan. 22. Oakland moved 76,347 TEUs in full imports in December, a 16.4% jump from 65,566 TEUs in December 2022 and the largest monthly total since July 2023, according to the data. The port also handled 65,801 TEUs in full exports last month, a 12.9% increase from the 58,302 TEUs in December 2022. The new numbers signal to the…
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Port of Oakland Records Highest Export Numbers of 2023

Port of Oakland Records Highest Export Numbers of 2023

The Port of Oakland in October saw its largest volume of loaded exports in a single month so far this year with 68,974 TEUs, according to data released by the port Nov. 17. The export amount is 4% more exports than in October 2022, a result of exporters returning to a less congested supply chain that had been disrupted by a pandemic-driven demand for imports. “Our port remains the preferred export gateway for fruits, nuts, meats, and grains since we are the closest to agricultural areas in the Central Valley,” port Maritime Director Bryan Brandes said. “We also offer the…
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Port of Oakland, Developer Settle Environmental Group’s Lawsuit

Port of Oakland, Developer Settle Environmental Group’s Lawsuit

The Port of Oakland and developer Eagle Rock Aggregates have resolved a lawsuit filed against them by a neighborhood advocacy group that had sued over the potential air pollution impacts of a planned bulk marine terminal. The port announced Sept. 29 that its Board of Port Commissioners has approved changes in its agreement with Eagle Rock Aggregates regarding the bulk terminal as part of the settlement. The lawsuit was filed in April 2022 by the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project (WOEIP). The Attorney General of California’s office joined WOEIP’s suit last August. The litigation had alleged that the port didn’t…
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Port of Oakland Gets 2 New Board Members

Port of Oakland Gets 2 New Board Members

The Oakland Board of Port Commissioners has two new members. PowerSwitch Action Leadership Development Director Jahmese Myres and Voter Protection Project Board President Stephanie Dominguez Walton are the new commissioners, the Port of Oakland announced Sept. 1. Myres and Dominguez Walton replaced outgoing commissioners Cestra “Ces” Butner and Joan Story. The new commissioners’ appointments were approved by the Oakland City Council in July. Myres previously worked at the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy as campaign director and deputy director. From 2014 to 2020, she served on the City of Oakland Planning Commission. Besides her work with the Voter…
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Pasha Hawaii Christens LNG Vessel at Port of Oakland

Pasha Hawaii Christens LNG Vessel at Port of Oakland

Pasha Hawaii joined Port of Oakland officials in christening the m/v Janet Marie, Pasha’s new 774-foot “Ohana Class” liquified natural gas container vessel, the port announced Aug. 9. The second of two “Ohana Class” LNG vessels commissioned by Pasha Hawaii, the new Jones Act ship exceeds year 2030 emission standards for ocean vessels set by the International Maritime Organization. Features include an energy-saving modern engine, optimized hull form, and an underwater propulsion system that the company says contains a highly efficient rudder and propeller. The first vessel, m/v George III, began service in August, 2022. Both were among the first…
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Port of Oakland, Partners Launch 2 Large-Scale Transport Improvement Projects

Port of Oakland, Partners Launch 2 Large-Scale Transport Improvement Projects

The Alameda County Transportation Commission and Oakland port and city officials held the ribbon-cutting of the Freight Intelligent Transportation Systems (FITS) Project and the groundbreaking of the 7th Street Grade Separation East Segment (7SGSE) Project, it was announced July 24. The FITS project, which is expected to go live this fall, calls for installing new technology to help manage the arrival of trucks and flow of goods more efficiently, curb vehicle wait times and air pollution and bolster safety and incident response. About 15 advanced and innovative demonstration technologies are expected to be deployed, such as giving truckers and other…
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Oakland Port Board President Elected to Second Term

Oakland Port Board President Elected to Second Term

Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce CEO Barbara Leslie has secured a second term as president of the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners, the body that governs the Port of Oakland, it was announced July 11. Leslie, who has served on the board since 2018, is to serve alongside Yui Hay Lee, the former President and CEO of Oakland-based YHLA Architects, who starts his second term as the board’s first vice president. Joining them is Alameda County Building and Trades Association Secretary-Treasurer Andreas Cluver, who takes over as the board’s second vice president, the role previously held by outgoing commissioner Cestra…
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California Ports Receive Infrastructure Grants

California Ports Receive Infrastructure Grants

The Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland and Stockton seaports last week announced that they have received grants from the State of California to fund several infrastructure projects that they say would improve the supply chain. Of the $1.5 billion in grants announced by California Transportation (Caltrans) Secretary Toks Omishakin, the Port of Los Angeles is receiving $233 million, which goes toward funding the POLA’s Maritime Support Facility (MSF) Improvement and Expansion Project, the Rail Mainline/Wilmington Community & Waterfront Pedestrian Grade Separation Bridge and improvements to the State Route 47/Seaside Avenue and Navy Way Interchange. “This nearly quarter-billion-dollar investment in critical…
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Port of Oakland Full Container Volumes Plunge

Port of Oakland Full Container Volumes Plunge

The number of total full TEUs that Port of Oakland terminals moved last month was down significantly compared to May of 2022, newly released data from the port show. Oakland posted a 22.7% drop, with 134,398 TEUs. The statistics, which were released June 22, also show that full imports fell 28.2% in June, with 70,887 TEUs processed by the port, versus 98,792 TEUs in May 2022. “Importers continued to favor East Coast and Gulf Coast ports last month due to the remaining uncertainty around contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA),” the…
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