Port of Oakland names Eric Napralla Chief Wharfinger

Oakland, Calif. – July 2, 2018: The Port of Oakland today named maritime veteran Eric Napralla as its Chief Wharfinger.  Mr. Napralla, a 6-year Port employee, will manage seaport operations that range from tenant relationships to facilities leasing.  He replaces Chris Peterson who retired last week after 25 years at the Port, 12 as Chief Wharfinger.

“Eric brings a wealth of experience to the job,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll.  “He has successfully managed important programs and projects within the Maritime Operations group and we’re pleased that he’s taking on this new assignment.”

Mr. Napralla will manage a staff of four Wharfingers and a Senior Maritime Project Manager responsible for seaport operations.  The group works daily with more than 60 tenants operating on Port property.  The list includes everything from marine terminal and warehouse operators to trucking companies.

Landlord ports, such as Oakland, don’t directly engage in container shipping or cargo-handling operations.  Instead, they lease facilities – including marine terminals – to private operators that conduct the work.  Wharfingers oversee Port facilities, tenant relations and lease agreements.

Before becoming Chief Wharfinger, Mr. Napralla was a Senior Project Administrator in the Operations Department at the Port of Oakland, and held a position in Maritime Security.  Mr. Napralla previously held a management position at the Port of Redwood City and served four years in the Coast Guard.

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