Tuesday, November 17, 2009

TTI Wins Maersk Loops for Oakland

Beating out a group of seven other competitors, terminal operator Total Terminals International has won two Maersk Line loops for the TTI terminal at the Port of Oakland.

TTI, which also has West Coast facilities in Long Beach and Seattle, will welcome the Maersk trans-Pacific TP5 and TP7 loops to Oakland beginning in January 2010.

The eastbound TP5 service begins in Korea, heads to China and Japan, then crosses to Long Beach and Oakland before ending at Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The westbound TP5 service runs from Long Beach to Oakland to Dutch Harbor, then crosses to Japan and Korea before ending in China.

The eastbound TP7 loop, which begins in Taiwan and ends in Newark, New Jersey, does not stop on the US West Coast. The westbound TP7, which begins in Halifax, Nova Scotia, moves down the East Coast, through the Panama Canal to Long Beach and then to Oakland before crossing to Taiwan, mainland China and Korea.

The new services are expected to add 60,000 lifts to TTI's 120-acre terminal at Berth 55-66 in Oakland.

In related service news, starting Nov. 22, the Maersk westbound trans-Pacific TP9 service will change several of its call times. The service begins in Seattle before heading to Vancouver, Canada, then crosses to Yokohama, Japan, and then calls at four ports in Mainland China before ending in Malaysia. The service change will see a one day reduction in call time at Seattle, reduce the Vancouver call by half a day, add an extra day to the trans-Pacific transit and increase the call time in Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia by two hours.