Vessels in port
Four ship-to-shore cranes start work at Oakland International Container Terminal
Four ship-to-shore cranes at Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT), the busiest terminal at the Port of Oakland, are 27 feet taller following completion this week of a year-long, crane-raising project. The fourth and final raised crane went back into service yesterday and is ready to serve larger ships with containers stacked high above vessel decks. Oakland already works the biggest containerships that call North America. Stevedoring Services of America (SSA) operates OICT and managed the crane-raising project in partnership with the Port of Oakland.
U.S. Judge Blocks Oakland Ban on Coal Export Terminal
(Bloomberg) — A federal judge struck down a local ban prohibiting companies from transporting coal though an Oakland, California, export terminal that U.S. miners see as a key link to overseas markets. The ban enacted by the city in 2014 violates a development agreement, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said Tuesday in a 37-page ruling. As demand for coal in the U.S. declines, miners depend increasingly on overseas markets. Yet Wyoming and Montana’s Powder River Basin, home to the nation’s largest reserves, is largely cut off from the world market without West Coast ports.
Port of Oakland Pushes Ships to Plug-in to Shore Power to Reduce Pollution
Port of Oakland officials said Friday they are encouraging more vessels to plug into the power grid while berthed to reduce emissions. Port executive director Chris Lytle spoke recently with technical experts from five international shipping lines that are members of the Washington, D.C.-based World Shipping Council that visited Oakland to study shore power, known as “cold-ironing” in port vernacular. By plugging in, ships can turn off their diesel engines while at berth. More than 70 percent of ships visiting the port use shore power, but Lytle said in a statement that “our goal is to plug in every vessel.” He said port officials are trying to identify reasons why some ships don’t plug in, such as ill-equipped ships or a lack of electrical vaults on shore. Port officials are considering various enhancements to increase shore power use, including adding electrical vaults, more substations, or standardizing the process for crews plugging in.Upload News