Oakland expecting to have almost all its carrier regulars back by May

Oakland expecting to have almost all its carrier regulars back by May

San Francisco: Almost all the carriers that skirted the Port of Oakland during the bad days of the cargo slowdown are expected to be back making weekly calls there by May, the Port announced on Tuesday.

In a release the port said that it’s a signal the negative effects of the months of backlog, much of it linked to a labour-management disagreement, are being put in the past.

“Some vessels that were omitting Oakland have already started to return, and a look at schedules indicates that the rest will be back soon,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “This tells us that shipping lines are confident we’re recovering from the recent logjam.”

More than two dozen vessels that had been stranded at southern California ports, mostly bound for Asia, bypassed northern California’s Oakland in January and February to make up for lost time.

The two largest container carriers, Denmark’s Maersk and Geneva-based MSC have already resumed Oakland calls and others are slated to follow.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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