A Letter to Our Clients: Port of Oakland to Implement Extended Gate Fee

Client Advisory:

Port of Oakland Update


Due to the severe congestion, the Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) has been sponsoring extended gates with the assistance of the Port of Oakland’s Transition Assistance Plan (TAP). The current program, expiring during the last week of June was operated free of charge. This will be replaced with a “fee based” program which is detailed below.

In order to continue to operate four extended gates weekly, effective June 27, 2016, OICT Is implementing a $30 per container transaction fee for all LOADED import (local delivery and IPI cargo) and export containers for both the day and night shifts.

  • This will not apply to empty transactions.
  • There is no expiry date for this fee.

Topocean has established an account for the payment of this fee on behalf of our clients per request. Should you have any question please contact your sales representative.


If any clients would like to pay the fee directly the links to the options are listed below.

Wire Transfer Instruction Form: https://b58.tideworks.com/WireTransferInstructionSSAOICTB58.xls


Advance Payment Notifications: https://b58.tideworks.com/OICTAdvancePaymentNotification.pdf






Topocean Group

HMM Begins Talk with 2M Alliance, Possible Future Purchase


Source: www.shippingwatch.com

Earlier this week, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) sent out a newsletter to its customers explaining that it has begun talks with Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC) to join the 2M alliance. With HMM cutting down their recent debt issues and successful meetings with shareholders, the Korea-based shipping company has shifted focus onto forming an alliance for the future.

HMM is currently a part of the G6 alliance, which also includes APL, Hapag-Lloyd, MOL, NYK Line and Orient Overseas Container Line. The alliance’s standing contract is set to expire in March 2017 but due to the recent alliance shifts in the industry, HMM must plan ahead to avoid the risk of being unattended in a world predicated on partnerships. Both the Maersk Line and MSC are part of the most powerful and profitable shipping companies in the world – joining the 2M alliance would help HMM cut costs and improve both service and ratings.

Lars Jensen, CEO and partner of SeaIntelligence Consulting, believes that Maersk Line might be considering buying HMM in the future. Maersk Line surprised many analysts recently with their profitable first quarter despite the slow-down in the industry. By accepting HMM into the alliance and taking over in the future, Maersk Line is looking to further the gap between itself and its competitors.

SOURCE: www.shippingwatch.com

Additional Information:

HMM in Talks to Join 2M Alliance (World Maritime News)

Analyst: Maersk Could End Up Buying HMM (Shipping Watch)

Drewry: HMM Joining 2M Suggests Hidden Agenda (World Maritime News)

Hyundai in Talks to Join 2M Alliance (JOC)

Topocean New Website & Features

Topocean Logo (High Res)

Welcome to Topocean’s revamped website!

As a brief introduction, we hope that this post can help you better navigate the new website layout and offer you Topocean’s full services at your fingertips.

HOME – The Home page grants access to learning more about the services we offer as well as the latest news in the freight forwarding and logistics industry. Shipment tracking can also be done directly through this page.

ABOUT – The About page tells a little about the history of Topocean and who we are as a company today. From this page, users can view “The Topocean Group – We Care” video, an animation that sums up our service and qualities perfectly.

SERVICES – The Services page lists all the services we offer. Here, you will see just how Topocean takes care of our clients from “A” to “Z”.

BRANCH DIRECTORIES – The Branch Directories page has contacts and addresses for ALL our branches. Whether you need to contact someone at your nearest local branch or reach a branch office across the world, this page will have the information you need.

SAILING SCHEDULES – The Sailing Schedules page is used exclusively for checking the collective schedules for all the different carriers.

CAREERS – The Careers page lists all our current job openings within the company. Those who are looking for a career in a dynamic industry within a global environment are encouraged to apply here.

NEWS – The News page is a quick glimpse into the current events taking place in the freight forward industry. By following along these weekly posts, users can learn more about the major shifts taking place within the industry.

CONTACT US – The Contact Us page is the best way for users to communicate with the Topocean team. Just leave your message and contact information, and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

QUICK LOGIN LINKS – Located at the top of each page are quick login links for easy access to the databases you need, such as Shipment Management, Vendor Access, ISF, and many more.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Topocean’s new website. We hope you enjoy the interface and that it can streamline and improve your experience with us. If you have any further questions about the website, feel free to contact us via the Contact Us page. Topocean would like to thank its entire staff for their continuing, excellent work and thank you for your unwavering support.