The Port of Oakland has released an announcement stating that Outer Harbor Terminal (formerly known as Ports American Outer Harbor) is ceasing maritime terminal operations in Oakland in approximately 30 days. The closure will create higher congestion for shipments arriving in Oakland and most likely will lead to many truckers implementing a port congestion fee.
The port expects more operational changes to come, in response to the changing maritime industry. Vessels under Outer Harbor Terminal are expected to shift to smaller, adjacent terminals: TraPac, Everport, or Oakland International Container Terminal/SSA. However, these terminals hold significantly less capacity, likely impacting the turn time.
This report comes shortly after Everport Terminal (formerly BEN Terminal) ceased its operations from the end of last November to January.
According to Topocean’s Samuel Chang, General Manager of Customer Service in San Grancisco, Outer Harbor Terminal’s closure “will be a bigger hit to us due to [the terminal being] at least three times bigger than Everport…The congestion will take forever if more vessels go through SSA B-58 OICT terminal. I do expect nightmare to come.” Chang will continue to give us updates on the terminal’s condition as well as final operation day.