Port welcomes new maritime neighbor to Oakland

Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 4, 2015

Port welcomes new maritime neighbor to Oakland

Pacific Merchant Shipping Association moving from S.F. to Jack London Square


Oakland, CA – May 4, 2015: The Port of Oakland welcomed its newest maritime neighbor today as proof of this city’s growing trade stature. The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) moved its headquarters to Jack London Square, one block from Port headquarters. PMSA’s arrival puts two big players in West Coast container shipping on the same side of San Francisco Bay.

“We’ve worked well with the association on issues of importance to our industry and global trade,” said Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle. “Now that we’re neighbors, we’ll seek new opportunities to collaborate and raise the profile of this region as a trade gateway.”

PMSA represents some of the largest container shipping lines and marine terminal operators serving West Coast U.S. ports. It had been based in San Francisco until the move to Jack London Square. The Port of Oakland owns the Square, a mixed-use complex at the edge of the Oakland Estuary. Its Master Lessee, Jack London Square Ventures LLC, secured the agreement with PMSA.

The Port is not a PMSA member.

The Port of Oakland doesn’t employ longshore labor or manage marine terminals. The Port leases terminal facilities to privately owned operating companies that contract with dockworkers.

About the Port of Oakland:
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport, and 20 miles of waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube, and at www.portofoakland.com.

Media Contact:

Robert Bernardo
Communications Manager
Port of Oakland
(510) 627-1401
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Marilyn Sandifur,
Port Spokesperson
Port of Oakland
(510) 627-1193
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