Posted by on January 9, 2017
Categories: Bay Area

The Port of Oakland handled a record number of loaded shipping
containers in 2016 despite operating with fewer marine terminals, according
to port officials.

Last year, the port handled the equivalent of 1.83 million loaded
20-foot containers, up 7.6 percent from 2015, port officials said today.
The previous record was set in 2013, when the port moved 1.82
million containers.

The port uses shipping volume, in part, to determine what fees to
charge marine terminal operators.

Also in 2016, export volume increased by 10.5 percent and import
volume rose by 4.7 percent compared to 2015, according to port officials.

Port officials said they are happy with the numbers because it
means that business increased even after they reduced the number of terminals
from five to four “to eliminate a capacity glut.”

“This is a gratifying outcome,” Port of Oakland maritime director
John Driscoll said in a statement. “The job is now clear – build on the
momentum we crated in 2016.”