Friday, March 30, 2018

Port of Oakland Predicts Smooth Sailing

By Karen Robes Meeks

Port of Oakland officials this week said they don’t expect much change in port operations when the newly formed Japanese carrier alliance, Ocean Network Express (ONE), launches April 1.

The new ONE alliance was formed in 2017 by container carriers MOL, NYK and K Line, all of which currently visit Oakland with eight weekly vessel services.

The port said that number isn’t expected to change.

“Everyone affected with this merger – the shipping lines, marine terminals, cargo owners, other Port stakeholders – has been gearing up for it since last year,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “There may be unforeseen challenges but we are confident they will be promptly addressed and no operational disruptions in Oakland are expected.”

One of Oakland’s biggest trading partners is Japan, especially for agricultural exports.