Port of Oakland hails waterfront work force ahead of Ports Day

Oakland, Calif. – April 3, 2020: The Port of Oakland today praised dockworkers and their waterfront brethren for sustaining international trade.  The Port’s recognition preceded the annual Western Hemisphere Ports Day scheduled Sunday.  It carried added weight in the face of a coronavirus pandemic that has killed thousands and roiled economies worldwide.

“Ports including Oakland have been declared essential infrastructure and must keep operating for the public good and the future of trade,” pointed out Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll.  “That couldn’t happen without the waterfront work force that keeps cargo moving.  Dockworkers, truckers, all of those on the front line of the supply chain have earned our sincerest gratitude.”

The Port said it’s operating normally despite a shelter-in-place order issued by Alameda County March 16.  It gave the following status update:

  • Marine terminals continue full vessel and cargo operations though they’ve curtailed operating hours for preventative cleaning.
  • Supplies of equipment required to transport cargo – containers and chassis – are plentiful.
  • Vessel schedules have stabilized after shipping lines cut 20 voyages to Oakland between February and April.

The Port said that its continuing operations are a testament to those involved in the transport of global trade.  According to the American Association of Port Authorities, 650,000 people in the U.S. alone work in maritime jobs.  The Association said Ports Day highlights their contributions and courage in the face of an international health crisis.

About the Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland Seaport, Oakland International Airport, and nearly 20 miles of waterfront including Jack London Square. The Port’s 5-year strategic plan – Growth with Care – pairs business expansion with community benefits, envisioning more jobs and economic stimulus as the Port grows. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 84,000 jobs. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube, and at www.portofoakland.com.

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Mike Zampa
Port of Oakland
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(510) 627-1565
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Marilyn Sandifur
Port of Oakland
Port Spokesperson
(510) 627-1193
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