Thursday, January 7, 2010

Horizon Shifts to Ports America Terminal at Oakland Port

Jones Act ocean carrier Horizon Lines has shifted its mainland US to Hawaii, Guam and Micronesia operations at the Port of Oakland to a terminal operated by Ports America, the largest independent terminal operating firm in North America.

Charlotte, NC-based Horizon announced Monday that it had signed a deal to move its Oakland operations to the 160-acre terminal at 1599 Maritime Street, effective immediately.

Horizon had been using the Oakland terminal at 1425 Maritime Street operated by APM Terminals.

According to the Charlotte, NC-based carrier, service enhancements at the Ports America terminal include extended gate hours for early deliveries and lunchtime deliveries on Horizon Lines’ ship days with dedicated truck lanes. All transactions are processed via Electronic Data Interchange, with shipment status updates available through Horizon Lines' online shipment management portal NetCaptain.

The Iselin, NJ-based Ports America signed a 50-year lease for the terminal last year, a deal which also gave the firm an equity stake in the Oakland terminal.