Fw: Sharing Opportunities with the Region - Port of Oakland
- ----- Original Message -----From: Sam SauseSent: Monday, March 22, 2010 8:54 PMSubject: FW: Sharing Opportunities with the Region - Port of Oakland
Yo PMMC members Things are looking better see attached comments by Omar R. Benjamin, Executive Director, Port of Oakland, that I received from Jahan Byrne | Port of Oakland, Business Development and Marketing
Sam Sause, Senior Vice President
Pacific Merchant Marine Council, NLUS
From: Jahan Byrne [mailto:jbyrne@...]
Sent: Monday, March 22, 2010 5:03 PM
Subject: Sharing Opportunities with the Region - Port of Oakland
Dear Maritime Partner:
Please find attached a communication from Port of Oakland Executive Director Omar Benjamin.
Jahan Byrne | Port of Oakland
Business Development and Marketing
530 Water Street | Oakland, CA 94607
t. 510 627 1455 | m. 510 220 5550
jbyrne at portoakland dot com | www.portofoakland.com
SHARING OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE REGION
By Omar R. Benjamin, Executive Director
Port of Oakland
As we greeted the spring season over the weekend, newspaper headlines remind us of how America is gradually climbing out of the longest economic recession since World War II. There are glimmers of economic recovery on the horizon, and people are beginning to feel the negative news of the past several months beginning to thaw and give way to better days.
The Port of Oakland sees great opportunity in this improving economy. For example, last week we welcomed three new container cranes from Shanghai, China on March 16. As you may have seen on television, these new Evergreen cranes sailedin an impressive engineering featunder the San Francisco Bays Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, with only 14 feet and 9 feet of clearance, respectively. These cranes represent a brighter future for our regional economy and helps position our Port for more business and job growth.
The following day, our airportOakland International Airport (OAK) was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. As the nations first airport passenger terminal to receive the "Silver" award, Oakland International received recognition for environmental leadership in extending and renovating our Terminal 2.
Below are key indicators as well as other examples of how the Port of Oakland is preparing for opportunities in the days and months ahead: Last month, we saw a 30% increase in our maritime cargo imports and an 11% increase in our cargo exports compared to the same time a year ago.
- Union Pacific Railroad opened its Donner Pass route located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range to domestic double-stack intermodal container freight traffic, designed to move cargo over a shorter, faster and more efficient route from the Port of Oakland to the rest of the country. Last year, OAK was rated number one for "on-time" arrivals among all North American airports, according to FlightStats, a leading provider of global flight on-time performance information.
- In 2009, OAK also welcomed two new airlines and saw six new destinations added to its route map. The new airlines and new destinations combined with a 7% increase in overall passenger growth indicate an important vote of confidence in our airport by the communities that we serve.
- Ports Americas 50-year investment in our Port will spur job growth while at the same time, bring environmental benefits to the region.
- The City of Oakland and developer AMB/CCG are working with our Port to transform the former Oakland Army Base into a strategic, trade and industry center which will boost economic recovery and bring more local jobs.
- As part of our Maritime Air Quality Improvement Plan created by the Port, customer and community stakeholders, the Ports "truck ban" went into effect this past January in order to reduce diesel pollution to create a healthier community. This ban states that drayage trucks with pre-1994 engines will not be permitted at our seaport.
Later this week, our Port will participate in the upcoming "2010 Northern California MegaRegion Summit" which will be held in Oakland, California on March 26 at the Oakland Marriott City Center in partnership with the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Hundreds goods movement stakeholders including government representatives will convene at this event to discuss the importance of regional collaboration in setting priorities and addressing economic recovery. We hope that you will join us in this important conversation about our region.
As we to look to the future, our Port is currently in the process of updating our strategic plan to chart a course for the next 5 years. This planning process includes the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners, Port staff, and our customer and community stakeholders. We invite you to join us in this discussion to provide us with your feedback so that together, we may continue to help boost the regional economy, create more jobs, and at the same time, continue to improve the environment.
To that end, we thank you for your continued business and ongoing community supportand for helping us to keep the regional economy moving forward.