Oakland Focuses on Terminal Operation; Names New Head
Director of Maritime Operations Jerry Bridges named new Executive Director
OAKLAND - 06/15/04 -'sSA'terminals, a joint venture of SSA Marine and Matson Navigation Company, has renamed its container facility at the Port of Oakland's Berth 57-59?as the Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT).
Like the Port of Oakland, SSA Terminals "is making substantive investments to remain ready to handle this cargo growth and to continue to meet the region's maritime industry's needs well into the future," said?a press release distributed jointly by SSA and the?port.
The 150-acre, state-of-the-art, OICT opened in November 2002 with an annual capacity of 515,000 TEUs immediately increasing the port's overall capacity by 42%.
The terminal is the largest ocean container facility in Northern California and features a near-dock rail facility and six of the largest dockside container cranes in the world.
Carriers currently calling at the OICT include China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO); China Shipping; CMA/CGM; Matson Navigation; NYK; Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL); K-Line; Hapag Lloyd; CP Ships; Italia; TMM; Lykes Lines; and Contship.
"We anticipate accelerated growth in cargo through the Port of Oakland," said Ed DeNike, chief operating officer of SSA Terminals. "The Port's expanded rail access, the -50 foot harbor deepening project and other maritime improvements enhance the option of Oakland as a first port of call on the West Coast for intermodal cargoes."
"With all the changes we're making at the Port of Oakland, we're positioned to gain new business," stated Port of Oakland director of maritime Jerry Bridges, who will take over as the port's Executive Director, July 1.
Bridges replaces Tay Yoshitani, who is returning to the East Coast to join his family in Baltimore.
The port's Board of Harbor Commissioners?cited Bridges (seen left) as "someone who brings a wealth of experience to the Port through his impressive career in the maritime industry."
Named Maritime Director in September 2001, he served previously as Vice President of the Marine Terminals Corporation, where he managed the operations and expansion of the company's MTC terminal in Oakland.
Bridges also served for five years as Port Manager for SeaLand Services Inc. where he was responsible for the terminal, marine, and vessel operations for the company in two different ports.
A graduate of Appalachian State University, Bridges served as an officer in the US Marine Corps with 20 years of both active and reserve service rising to the rank of Major.
Some 32 ocean carriers provide service at the Port of Oakland, which consists of approximately 900 acres of maritime facilities with 11 major marine terminals and two near-dock rail facilities.
Oakland handled a record 1.9 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) in 2003 and is the 4th busiest container port in the US.
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