Oakland up for alliance challenge
A Port of Oakland executive says that newly formed ocean carrier alliances will benefit his port bringing larger vessels and more container moves per vessel increasing the efficiency of operations.
John Driscoll, maritime director, Port of Oakland, said that the port will receive a new weekly vessel service as a result of carrier realignment.
Taiwan-based Wan Hai Lines plans to launch a new route connecting Oakland and Asia, bringing the number of regularly scheduled vessel services calling at Oakland to 29.
“It’s a good sign when new players come to Oakland,” Mr Driscoll said.
“What’s good for our customers is good for the Port of Oakland. When shipping lines can be more efficient – and healthier financially – we all benefit.”
These changes result from an April 1 realignment in which 11 of the world’s largest shipping lines formed three new alliances. The carriers plan to deploy larger vessels in their alliances carrying more containers to the US West Coast which should enable them to reduce the number of voyages while maintaining cargo volume levels.
Mr Driscoll said new alliance configurations should have little impact on Oakland operations. Some vessels will change which of Oakland’s three international marine terminals they call, but the terminals are prepared, he said.
The first vessels operating under new alliance configurations are due in Oakland this week.
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