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Update from the Port of Oakland: 7:30 a.m.

Press Releases, Seaport
December 12th, 2011

Press Releases

For Immediate Release
December 12, 2011

Update from the Port of Oakland: 7:30 a.m.

Port of Oakland maritime operations continue with sporadic disruptions due to protests

One week ago the Port of Oakland sent a message to all of our stakeholders throughout this region to Keep Our Port Open. This was in response to the call to shut down our port once again. We said it then, and we'll say it now – closing the Port is a bad idea.

The Port is connected to over 73,000 jobs in the region and more than 800,000 across the country. These are not just numbers. These are good jobs held by real working people and working families. Disrupting the Port hurts them. It will also hurt our community at a time when unemployment is high and the economy is weak.

The Port of Oakland is a public agency led by volunteer public servants appointed by our elected officials. It is our responsibility to keep our Port That's why our goal today is to minimize disruptions to workers and working families that depend on the Port of Oakland. We will do so in a way that places paramount portance on everyone's safety and security, and which is respectful of everyone's First Amendment Rights.

We have activated the Port's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and have integrated our work with the City's EOC. We are in close contact with our terminal operators, shipping companies, labor partners, and community. At this point, maritime operations continue at the Port with sporadic disruptions for truckers trying to enter and exit marine terminal gates. We will be providing updates throughout the day.

Media Contacts:

Robert Bernado
Communications Manager
(510) 627-1401
rbernardo@portoakland.com

Marilyn Sandifur
Port of Oakland Spokesperson
(510) 627-1193
msandifur@portoakland.com