Port of Oakland Updates
The Port of Oakland and its Oakland International Airport are open for business and fully operational. Please check here regularly for updates on the impact of coronavirus.
April 3, 2020 - The following are among the initiatives Oakland International Airport, a division of the Port of Oakland, has taken to enhance service and protect the health and well-being of Airport employees and customers. Many of these steps have been implemented to comply with both the original Alameda County Shelter-In-Place Order March 17) and the new Order which supersedes it (March 31), containing directives related to COVID-19:
- Placed at least one dozen high-visibility printed graphics at key points in the public corridors of its terminals, which remind both employees and customers of social distancing requirements.
- Worked with airport tenants to execute the installation of floor markers in the ticketing lobby check-in lanes to provide visual assistance with adherence to social distancing requirements.
- Implemented video messaging featuring CDC Health Guidelines on numerous monitors terminal-wide.
- Placed printed flyers at the entrance to all public restrooms about handwashing.
- Provided Alameda County Health Department contact information and COVID-19 notification guidelines to Airport Tenant Managers.
- Asked that airlines incorporate Social Distancing messaging in pre-board announcements made at the boarding gates.
- Installed signage at each terminal curbside entrance with messaging to all employees and customers to avoid entering the building if experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
- Installed signage at each terminal curbside entrance with messaging to all employees and customers to exercise Social Distancing for the health and well-being of all.
- Increased frequency and extent of sanitizing efforts throughout the terminals with emphasis on high touchpoint areas such as podiums, kiosks, doorknobs, chairs, armrests and tables.
- Ordered additional hand sanitizing stations with installation expected during the week of April 5.
- Supplied customer-facing Port of Oakland staff at the Airport with Personal Protective Equipment with inventory on hand for the ongoing operation of the Airport.
- Reinforcing the practice of Social Distancing with Port of Oakland staff at the Airport, reiterating to stay home if sick, and to contact a doctor to schedule an appointment.
- Asking that staff adhere to other CDC guidelines at all times such as coughing/sneezing into tissue then discarding, not touching one’s face, and other practices to limit the spread of COVID-19.
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 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.
April 2, 2020 - The Port of Oakland has been declared critical infrastructure, meaning that it is exempt from shelter-in-place requirements resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. That means some Port employees are engaged with the public or business partners on a recurring basis. In response, the Port has arranged with the City of Oakland to make COVID-19 tests available to those employees. A message went out to employees April 1 detailing eligibility criteria for testing. The Port expresses gratitude to all of its employees for maintaining full operations in the wake of the pandemic.
April 1, 2020 - California Governor Gavin Newsom just tweeted, "Just wanted to start the day saying THANK YOU to our dock workers, truck drivers, and warehouse workers--making sure our stores are stocked and our hospitals get equipment. Thank you." To see the tweet, click HERE.
March 31, 2020 - The Port of Oakland expressed its condolences today following the death of a dockworker overnight. According to reports, a longshore laborer fell to his death from the deck of a container ship at berth. The Port said the fatal accident was under investigation by local authorities.
“This is a tragedy that strikes everyone very deeply,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “The waterfront is a tightly knit community and if a member of that community succumbs, we all share the grief.”
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union confirmed that the accident victim was one of its members.Â Â Longshore workers are hired by marine terminals to load and unload ships and move cargo containers.
The Port said most marine terminals were closed today for the annual holiday observing the life of late California labor leader Cesar Chavez.
The Port pointed out that workers including longshore labor are on the job despite the shelter-in-place orders issued in the face of a coronavirus crisis. That’s because the Port has been designated as critical infrastructure during the crisis. The Port said the tragic shipboard accident was in no way related to the coronavirus outbreak.
“All of those on the front-line of the supply chain have our heartfelt gratitude under these trying circumstances,” said Mr. Driscoll. “They’re keeping the economy going and doing their best to maintain some semblance of normalcy for all of us.”
March 31, 2020 – Below is a letter from the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) to California Governor Gavin Newsom asking him to designate the current COVID-19 crisis as an "Emergency Event":
March 30, 2020
Hon. Gavin Newsom Governor
State of California State Capitol Sacramento, CA 95814
Re: Request “Emergency Event” Designation for COVID 19 Crisis Operations at California Seaports
Dear Gov. Newsom,
On behalf of the members of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA), we applaud your leadership during the present COVID 19 state of emergency. PMSA members are the ocean carriers and marine terminal operators keeping international supply chains up and running, moving critical medical equipment, cleaning supplies, food, and other consumer goods during the crisis and we are proud to be recognized as an “essential service” during the present state of emergency.
We respectfully request that you protect our members from unintended, unanticipated, and otherwise unavoidable state penalties and fines as ocean carriers provide the essential services necessary to keep the international supply chain up and running during this emergency by either directing the California Air Resources Board to specifically designate our current crisis as an “Emergency Event” outside of the control of vessel masters for purposes of 17 CCR §93118.3 or for an Executive Order to so designate the current crisis an “Emergency Event” consistent with the present COVID 19 state of emergency.
As you may be aware, California is home to the most aggressive and unique set of air quality regulations in the world with respect to reducing emissions from container ships and cruise ships while at dock. At present, because of dramatic changes to worldwide vessel fleets made necessary to accommodate the COVID 19 crisis, many of our members who have invested in cleaner fleets and equipment and at-berth infrastructure to meet these rules will necessarily find themselves out of compliance with California’s rules at no fault of their own.
In anticipation of emergencies such as these, the shorepower regulations allow for the designation of periods of distress outside of the control of vessel masters to be declared as an “emergency event.” Several weeks ago CARB staff acknowledged that the COVID 19 crisis might impact some limited operations and create minor non-compliance issues and it issued preliminary guidance that such violations would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis at a later date. At the time when dealing with isolated incidents this seemed like a reasonable accommodation, and we appreciate CARB’s initial response. However, as this crisis has accelerated so have the impacts, and it has become apparent that compliance issues are now becoming widespread and they will continue to compound and extend across hundreds of vessel calls for dozens of vessel fleets for many months to come.
Our members are now caught in the difficult position of being asked to continue to provide “essential services” during the present state of emergency but being given the benefit of an official “emergency event” declaration. PMSA requests that our members be provided the upfront assurances by the state necessary to allow them to continue to conduct their essential business without the threat of fines and penalties for simply doing their jobs to the best of their abilities under the worst of circumstances.
The COVID 19 crisis demands flexibility and we should not be operating under the threat of substantial fines and penalties while providing the very flexibility that one would expect from our supply chains when delivering critical medical, cleaning, and grocery supplies. Our maritime industry is pulling together and providing these services despite an international intermodal supply chain experiencing severe volatility in both supply and demand of equipment and customers in which it is becoming increasingly difficult to predict and maintain regular service.
We are exceptionally proud that our member companies are working hard to keep the international supply chain as intact and functioning as possible at this time. This requires bringing in new vessels at short notice, rearranging sailing and dry docking schedules, and making do with opportunities when presented rather than as planned. At the same time, the environmental control vendors and engineers required for vessels to continue to comply are no longer traveling to California or working onboard vessels, making it nearly impossible for many otherwise normal and regularly planned vessel calls also to remain compliant. Yet all of these efforts may also subject our members to fine or penalty.
Moreover, an “emergency event” declaration supports public health with respect to the pandemic and will not otherwise put air quality or public health at risk. Criteria and air toxic emissions generally have naturally been reduced across the board during the present crisis, relative air quality is significantly improved, and related public health impacts and exposures during the stay at home orders and state of emergency are and should remain significantly reduced.
PMSA respectfully requests that this designation be implemented as soon as possible. We would ask that the dates for the designation start on February 2nd, to reflect the US Coast Guard's first date of restrictions on vessels with respect to coronavirus impacts, and end on June 30th to provide us with coverage through the latest anticipated peak of the crisis and time to allow for our members to manage the supply chain back towards a more normal operating environment.
Please have your staff contact me at email@example.com or PMSA Vice President & General Counsel Mike Jacob at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding this request. .
John McLaurin President
cc: Secretary Jared Blumenfeld, California Environmental Protection Agency Chair Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board
Executive Officer Richard Corey, California Air Resources Board
March 28, 2020 – Oakland International Airport (OAK), owned and operated by the Port of Oakland, has reported notification of a 2nd positive diagnosis for the COVID-19 virus. Details are provided below:
Date OAK Notified: March 27, 2020
Tenant Employee or Port Employee: Tenant
Employee Base at OAK: In Terminal
When Employee Last Worked: March 25, 2020
OAK Response Date: March 27, 2020
OAK Precautionary Action: Terminal Services Team mobilized and performed a deep clean of airside portions of Terminal 1
(Gates 4 & 6) and landside & airside portions of Terminal 2 (Ticketing Lobby & Gate 26).
Impacted Area(s) Reopened: Yes
Date of Reopening: March 28, 2020
Oakland International Airport’s Terminal Services Team has increased its cleaning measures throughout the terminal facilities, with special attention to high touch point areas such as chairs, armrests, door handles, kiosks, podium surfaces, etc. These services are performed multiple
times daily and will continue to be for the duration of the COVID-19 epidemic. We are implementing necessary actions according to the best CDC information while continuing to operate essential infrastructure. Please adhere to CDC guidelines such as washing hands frequently for at least 20-seconds, not touching your face, and practice social distancing.
March 27, 2020 - Some Port of Oakland marine terminals will close March 31 for a regularly scheduled holiday. The holiday honors late California labor leader Cesar Chavez. The Port said the closures aren't related to the coronavirus pandemic. Click the link atop the Port of Oakland home page to see the marine terminal schedule, or click HERE.
March 27, 2020 - The federal Department of Health and Human Services said today that cleaning and disinfecting has been completed at Port of Oakland Berth 22. This is the berth where the cruise ship Grand Princess docked with passengers and crew who tested positive for coronavirus. The ship departed Oakland March 16. Thorough sanitizing of the 11-acre area was completed March 26. The berth and adjacent yard space have been used for the past three years to park trucks and temporarily store cargo containers. Federal officials said the area can be safely reoccupied for commercial purposes.
March 26, 2020 - West Coast Ports Remain Open, Providing Essential Service
President of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to unfold, three of the largest ports in the nation – Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland – continue to operate, allowing for the continued flow of goods into our communities and key industries.
As the world weathers this crisis, these ports provide a service that has been identified by the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the state of California as an essential critical infrastructure industry.
To meet the current challenges, we have instituted new procedures for the operation of our terminals designed to maintain a safe and healthy working environment. Safe operations support the flow of needed goods in and out of California allowing our communities to continue to function while we collectively heed calls to shelter-in-place.
Modifications of gate operating hours allow for thorough equipment cleaning protocols and procedures with no disruption to port operations. Ports, marine terminals, and shipping lines understand our critical role and are determined to fulfill our obligation as an essential industry and patriotic citizens. Maintaining the fluidity of cargo operations and preventing cargo from becoming stranded on the waterfront in the coming weeks will ensure that our ports continue to fulfil their critical role over the course of this crisis.
While regulatory and cost pressures have created competitive challenges for California ports, the COVID-19 crisis has reinforced the importance of the logistics industry to California residents. In the months ahead, the delivery of goods to a recovering economy will enforce the importance of ports, marine terminals, and the logistics workforce.
The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) is proud to represent the marine terminals and vessels that continue to supply the goods we all depend on and will be working diligently to support the anticipated increased volume of imports and exports in the very near future.
March 26, 2020 - Port of Oakland Commissioners will conduct their regularly-scheduled Board meeting today at 4 p.m. via teleconference due to the state and county's shelter-in-place order. The Governing Board of Port Commissioners said its order would extend to Port staff that usually attends the meetings, as well as the public. All participants would be required to dial in to take part in the bimonthly meetings. The Board said observers would still be able to follow the phone-in Board meetings. It invited the public to click this link to observe proceedings or find written materials: https://www.portofoakland.com/port/board-of-commissioners/board-meetings/. Members of the public can email comments to the Board at this address: email@example.com.
March 25, 2020 - A gate agent at Oakland International Airport has tested positive for COVID-19, the Airport said today. The Airport said the individual was not an employee of the Port of Oakland, or the Oakland Airport which it owns and operates. According to the Airport, the individual last worked March 22 as a gate agent in Oakland Terminal 2. It said the agent worked at gates 23, 25, 26 and 27 that day. According to the Airport, the agent used the men’s restroom at Terminal 2 baggage claim.
The Airport said it has taken the following actions in response:
· Notified Airport personnel and others who work at the Airport;
· Closed Gate 23, 25, 26, 27 and the baggage claim men’s restroom overnight for cleaning and disinfecting;
· Disinfected and cleaned podiums and counters at those gates;
· Disinfected and cleaned high touch points, doors, chairs, arm rests and jetways at those gates;
· Disinfected and cleaned all surfaces in the Terminal 2 baggage claim men’s restroom.
The Airport said it’s taking extra precautions to protect staff and Airport users. It said its facilities are being cleaned multiple times daily to meet or exceed federal guidance, including high touch point areas.
The Airport said it had no further information on the worker’s medical condition.
March 25, 2020 - Reprinted from the Journal of Commerce:
West Coast ports adjust night shift hours for COVID-19 sanitizing
Bill Mongelluzzo, Journal of Commerce, March 24, 2020
Terminal operators in the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland Tuesday will begin delaying the start of their night shift by one hour so cargo-handling equipment can be sanitized as part of the effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The work shifts at West Coast ports are normally 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. Under the new coronavirus sanitation measures, the night shift will be 7 p.m. to 4 a.m.
“Despite COVID-19 disruption across many industries, California ports are fully operational and open for business, and we do not anticipate that the slight modification to operating hours to disinfect equipment will impact cargo availability,” said Michele Grubbs, vice president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, which represents carriers and terminal operators in legislative matters.
Terminal operators and the Harbor Trucking Association (HTA) indicated the slight revision in the night shift hours should not result in operational disruptions at the ports. All 12 of the container terminals in Los Angeles and Long Beach operate night shifts. Oakland International Container Terminal and TraPac in Oakland regularly run night gates, according to the port.
The new hours also will apply to the Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma (NWSA) if terminals should schedule night shifts, but extended gates at the NWSA normally occur on an as-needed basis, such as during the peak shipping season. Nevertheless, an NWSA spokesperson said Tuesday all terminal equipment is being cleaned between shifts.
James McKenna, president of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), the employers’ organization that negotiates the coastwide contract with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), told JOC.com Tuesday the decision to alter night shift hours was reached in cooperation with the ILWU. The new hours will remain in effect for 30 days, for now.
Regulatory authorities have exempted ports, warehouses, and other logistics operations from “shelter-in-place” restrictions, allowing these links in the supply chain to continue to operate.
Port container terminals have dozens, even hundreds, of pieces of cargo-handling equipment, including ship-to-shore cranes, rubber-tire gantry cranes, and yard trucks that lift or shuttle containers throughout the facility. Under the new protocol, that equipment must be sanitized between the day and night shifts, and between the night shift and the next day shift beginning at 8 a.m.
Weston LaBar, CEO of the HTA, which has members in Southern California and Oakland, said the sanitization actions are understandable and necessary, both for the longshore workers working at the terminals and the thousands of truckers who call daily at the facilities.
LaBar told JOC.com Tuesday ports should also sanitize the points of interaction between the terminals and the truckers, such as gates and the trouble ticket windows that handle documentation issues. Ed DeNike, president of SSA Containers, which operates terminals in Seattle, Oakland, and Long Beach, said all SSA terminals are cleaning those areas. “We do it two to three times a day,” DeNike said.
DeNike noted that terminal operators are working with the individual ILWU locals to ensure the specific requests of longshore workers are met. In Southern California and the NWSA, for example, the cleaning process involves spraying the cab of the cargo-handling equipment and closing the door of the equipment to ensure it is fully sanitized. In Oakland, the ILWU local wants the cabs to be physically wiped down, which is being done, DeNike said.
March 24, 2020 – Things are changing rapidly on the Port of Oakland waterfront amid a global coronavirus pandemic. We want to update customers and business partners and assure them that the Port is fully operational. Here’s the latest as of this afternoon:
- There have been no reports of individuals testing positive for coronavirus at the Port.
- Marine terminals have increased cleaning and sanitizing in response to request by dockworkers.
- Terminals will soon announce some modification of hours to accommodate cleaning.
- Terminals are fully operational.
- Ships are loading and unloading without interruption, though some are arriving off-schedule.
- Vessel crews are restricted to their ships in Oakland.
- Cargo is moving routinely in-and-out of the Port.
- There’s no shortage of drayage capacity.
- Equipment supplies are plentiful, too.
- Rail service is uninterrupted.
- Containerized export volume continues strong after a 15 percent February increase.
- Import volume is also showing signs of recovery after declining 9 percent in February.
- The number of cancelled voyages to Oakland may be shrinking. Last month we reported 20 cancellations between February and April. Some of those trips may now be restored.
- We’ve received no other word of cancelled voyages through May.
March 24, 2020 – Port of Oakland Commissioners said today their Board meetings would be conducted by phone while state and county shelter-in-place orders are in effect. The Governing Board of Port Commissioners said its order would extend to Port employees that usually attend the meetings, as well as the public. The Board said all participants would be required to dial in to take part in its bimonthly meetings.
The seven-member governing Board sets policy and provides direction for the Port of Oakland, a public agency that is an independent department of the City of Oakland. The Port Board historically meets in open session at Port Headquarters in Oakland. The change to telephone meetings results from an executive order by the Governor facilitating virtual meetings and shelter-in-place orders issued by the state and Alameda County, the Board said. The county’s order was announced March 17 to limit the spread of coronavirus.
The Board said observers would still be able to follow the phone-in Board meetings. It invited the public to click this link to observe proceedings or find written materials HERE. Members of the public can email comments to the Board at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board’s next meeting is March 26 at 4 p.m.
March 23, 2020 – Oakland International Airport (OAK) updated concessions information below:
Essential businesses remain open
- Select restaurants in Boarding Gate areas
- Escape Lounge
- Vino Volo Wine bars
- Rental car operations
Specialty retail units are closed
- See’s Candies
- Sports Scene
- Oakland Market
- Sunglass Icon
Restaurants and bars have removed some chairs/stools so that guests from different parties will be seated at least six (6) feet apart. Restaurants have reduced seating capacity and will encourage passengers to order to-go items. Concessions offering food are allowed to limit the number of menu items in stock to reduce purchasing requirements.
March 23, 2020 – Oakland International Container Terminal, the largest terminal at the Port of Oakland, issued the following statement today:
The coronavirus has significantly impacted people’s lives. Like all operations in our activities, Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) is taking this outbreak seriously and doing our part to ensure the supply chain keeps moving. Responsibility for our employees in this regard is key. We want to make sure they and their families are safe and well, and we closely monitor advice of the WHO and CDC and diligently implement their recommended strategies.
We are employing the same precautionary measures as other West Coast marine terminals as agreed between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. OICT has taken significant precautionary measures. At the start of each shift, OICT addresses the virus issues in our safety talks, provides employees hand sanitizer, gloves, disinfecting wipes enabling the wipe down of equipment. OICT has increased sanitizing efforts for common areas such as bathrooms, break rooms and shops. Operationally, OICT has work instructions and work plans in place to facilitate social distancing and actively encourages this among the work force.
“We are very pleased that these extra precautionary efforts we are employing have been successful to date. Our employees have stayed healthy – and we do our part to keep it that way! Our work teams and their selfless efforts to protect one another, working together in this unprecedented situation, while keeping this critical supply chain and infrastructure operating deserve all possible credit.” emphasized Jim Rice – OICT General Manager.
OICT is constantly monitoring the effectiveness of their coronavirus prevention programs and adjust these programs as recommended by the WHO, CDC and the working agreement between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
March 23, 2020 – Containerized export cargo business continues to be brisk, at the Port of Oakland. Anecdotal reports from marine terminals indicate that outbound container volumes are still strong. That’s following a 15 percent increase in exports in February. The Port said it has between 15,000 and 20,000 empty export containers at its terminals to ship outgoing freight.
March 23, 2020 – The BART station at Oakland International Airport (OAK) is OPEN. Effective today (March 23), BART operating hours are now 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Trains arrive and depart OAK every 6 to 8 minutes. NOTE: All riders must be in the system by 8:45 p.m. to have a guaranteed ride to their destination.
March 23, 2020 – The Port of Oakland reports full operations at its Airport and Seaport today. Oakland International Airport has 161 departing flights scheduled. The Port of Oakland has six ships at berth for cargo operations and five more due within 24 hours.
March 22, 2020 – Listed below are criteria for essential businesses that remain open during the coronavirus virus crisis. This comes from the California Department of Public Health as issued by Governor Gavin Newsom (Executive Order N-33-20). The Port of Oakland and supply chain partners have been deemed essential businesses:
TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS
The Transportation Systems Sector consists of seven key subsectors, or modes:
- Aviation includes aircraft, air traffic control systems, and airports, heliports, and landing strips. Commercial aviation services at civil and joint-use military airports, heliports, and sea plane bases. In addition, the aviation mode includes commercial and recreational aircraft (manned and unmanned) and a wide-variety of support services, such as aircraft repair stations, fueling facilities, navigation aids, and flight schools.
- Highway and Motor Carrier encompasses roadway, bridges, and tunnels. Vehicles include trucks, including those carrying hazardous materials; other commercial vehicles, including commercial motorcoaches and school buses; vehicle and driver licensing systems; taxis, transportation services including Transportation Network Companies, and delivery services including Delivery Network Companies; traffic management systems; AND cyber systems used for operational management.
- Maritime Transportation System consists of coastline, ports, waterways, and intermodal landside connections that allow the various modes of transportation to move people and goods to, from, and on the water.
- Mass Transit and Passenger Rail includes terminals, operational systems, and supporting infrastructure for passenger services by transit buses, trolleybuses, monorail, heavy rail—also known as subways or metros—light rail, passenger rail, and vanpool/rideshare.
- Pipeline Systems consist of pipelines carrying natural gas hazardous liquids, as well as various chemicals. Above-ground assets, such as compressor stations and pumping stations, are also included.
- Freight Rail consists of major carriers, smaller railroads, active railroad, freight cars, and locomotives.
- Postal and Shipping includes large integrated carriers, regional and local courier services, mail services, mail management firms, and chartered and delivery services.
• Employees supporting or enabling transportation functions, including dispatchers, maintenance and repair technicians, warehouse workers, truck stop and rest area workers, and workers that maintain and inspect infrastructure (including those that require cross-border travel)
• Employees of firms providing services that enable logistics operations, including cooling, storing, packaging, and distributing products for wholesale or retail sale or use.
• Mass transit workers
• Taxis, transportation services including Transportation Network Companies, and delivery services
including Delivery Network Companies
• Workers responsible for operating dispatching passenger, commuter and freight trains and
maintaining rail infrastructure and equipment
• Maritime transportation workers - port workers, mariners, equipment operators
• Truck drivers who haul hazardous and waste materials to support critical infrastructure, capabilities,
functions, and services
• Automotive repair and maintenance facilities
• Manufacturers and distributors (to include service centers and related operations) of packaging
materials, pallets, crates, containers, and other supplies needed to support manufacturing,
packaging staging and distribution operations
• Postal and shipping workers, to include private companies
• Employees who repair and maintain vehicles, aircraft, rail equipment, marine vessels, and the
equipment and infrastructure that enables operations that encompass movement of cargo and
• Air transportation employees, including air traffic controllers, ramp personnel, aviation security, and
• Workers who support the maintenance and operation of cargo by air transportation, including flight
crews, maintenance, airport operations, and other on- and off- airport facilities workers
March 21, 2020 – Due to the extraordinary response to a U.S. coronavirus outbreak, airlines are adjusting their flight schedules. Oakland International Airport advises travelers to contact their airlines for updated flight information.
March 20, 2020 - Here’s some guidance from Oakland International Airport (OAK). The Airport is open with flights operating across the U.S., including the Hawaiian Islands, and Mexico. OAK is deemed essential infrastructure according to the Alameda County order to shelter in place.
- If you have an upcoming flight you should comply with the order and determine if it is essential that the journey occur.
- All OAK partner airlines are working with travelers amidst changing plans and schedules to accommodate everyone as best as possible during these unprecedented circumstances.
- For specific flight status information we recommend that you contact airlines through their website or app.
- All airlines are reporting heavy call volumes and many are asking only those with travel pending in the next 72-hours to contact airline service centers.
- They are also instructing those that purchased travel through a third-party travel agent to contact the travel agent directly.
- The Oakland International Airport BART station is open and trains are running. OAK's on-airport parking lots are also open as are car rental companies. Please check with your car rental agency through their website, app or service center to re-confirm operating hours.
- Several food and beverage outlets at OAK, also deemed essential, remain open. However, some outlets are temporarily closed and others have reduced their operating hours.
March 20, 2020 - The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 10 tweeted out, "@PortofOakland will continue to run - it is "critical to the health, safety, infrastructure and economy of our region. We at ILWU Local 10 will be there to keep port ops moving during this crisis and take all precautions necessary to keep ourselves and the community safe." See their tweet HERE.
March 20, 2020 - The Port of Oakland reaffirmed its exempt status today from shelter-in-place orders intended to combat the spread of coronavirus. The Port said its Seaport and Oakland International Airport remain open and fully operational. The statement followed orders from California Gov. Gavin Newsom last night for all state residents to shelter in place. San Francisco Bay Area counties imposed similar orders earlier this week. The Port, Airport and their supply chain partners are considered essential businesses and therefore exempt from shelter mandates.
March 19, 2020 – Oakland International Container Terminal announced this afternoon it has canceled its night gate for trucker pick-ups and deliveries at the Port of Oakland this evening, only. The cancellation had been scheduled to accommodate a monthly dockworker union meeting. That meeting has been postponed but the terminal said it won’t re-open its gates tonight. The terminal offers night gates for truck drivers Mondays-through-Thursdays. It said night gates would continue next week.
March 19, 2020 – The U.S. government has issued a list of employment categories considered essential in combatting the coronavirus spread. The list includes transport and logistics workers up and down the supply chain. See the attached list for details. The Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport have been declared essential operations and remain open despite a shelter-in-place order from Alameda County.
March 19, 2020 - Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan delivered a message today to trade and transportation workers: “you are heroes.” His remarks came as the Port and its Oakland International Airport continued full operations midst a coronavirus crisis. The Executive Director thanked staff and business partners for keeping planes flying and the supply chain moving. At the same time, he urged workers to maintain social distance and observe all other health/safety protocols. “In this extraordinary time, you have shown remarkable commitment to your work and to a world that depends on us,” Mr. Wan said. “Now all I can ask is that you stay vigilant…and stay safe.” The Executive Director’s message followed a declaration this week that the Port is an essential business. That means its Airport and Seaport remain fully operational despite a shelter-in-place order issued by Alameda County. Mr. Wan praised Port staff for maintaining critical functions to prevent disruption to air travel or supply chains. He thanked more than 80,000 workers in Northern California whose jobs relate to activity at the Airport or Seaport. “We’re not in this alone,” Mr. Wan pointed out. “Think of the Air Traffic Control workers, TSA agents and airline workers at the Airport. What about the truck drivers, longshore workers or warehouse technicians at the Seaport? It takes all of us to provide mobility, deliver goods and keep our communities strong while we fight the coronavirus contagion.” Roughly 7 million San Francisco Bay Area residents are isolated following shelter-in-place orders from six counties. The mandates are intended to limit the spread of coronavirus. Alameda County, where the Airport and Seaport operate, exempted the Port of Oakland because of its critical economic impact. County health officials extended the exemption to all supply chain operators, from railroads and truckers to distribution facilities. The Port said coronavirus concerns have diminished Airport passenger traffic and Seaport cargo volume. It added, however, that operations remain normal with no disruption at either location.
March 19, 2020 - The Port of Oakland and the Oakland International Airport are open for business and fully operational. There’s no disruption to incoming or outbound flights at Oakland International Airport. Vessel and cargo operations at the Seaport are ongoing. Many Port employees are working remotely due to a shelter-in-place order from Alameda County. Staff in functions critical to daily operations at the Airport or Seaport are in the field, observing social distancing and other health precautions.
March 18, 2020 - The Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport will remain operational despite an Alameda County shelter-in-place order. Both facilities are essential services exempt from the order, the Port said. The Port’s announcement followed shelter-in-place orders issued by six Bay Area counties. The orders are intended to slow the spread of coronavirus. Under the restrictions, only essential businesses are permitted to remain open. Other employers must send workers home until the order is lifted. The Port of Oakland is one of the 10 busiest container seaports in the U.S. It handles more than 2.5 million cargo containers annually, transacting more than $100 billion in global trade. The Port’s Oakland International Airport is the third-busiest airport in Northern California. Close to 14 million passengers a year fly in and out of Oakland. “Our operations are critical to the health, safety, infrastructure and economy of our region,” said Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan. “We will continue to function as a vital gateway for global trade and transportation while doing everything possible to protect our employees, customers and business partners.” The Port said marine terminals would continue to load and unload cargo from ships. The Airport would go on with its daily schedule of inbound and departing flights, the Port said. The Port said it would adopt a resilience plan to staff its operations while minimizing employee exposure to coronavirus. The Port said it has received no reports of employees, customers or business partners testing positive for coronavirus. According to the Port, airlines, shipping lines and marine terminal operators have said they’ll continue operations in Oakland. The Port was meeting with longshore union officials to determine what staffing levels could be expected on the docks. The Port said it would continue with an accelerated sanitization regimen at Oakland International Airport to protect travelers. It said it was conferring with marine terminal operators on how best to sanitize seaport operations. The Port said it would introduce social distancing protocols at its facilities to curb the coronavirus spread.