The Port of Oakland has expanded its online gateway to include transition times for harbour truckers, offering drivers more transparency as to how long it will take them to pick up or drop off cargo.
The new feature, according to the port, addresses demand in the industry for real-time data on supply chain performance.
Known as “turn time”, measurements provided by the Oakland Portal track how long it takes drivers to transact business at marine terminals where container ships are loading and unloading.
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Trucker transitions at container terminals can be quite complicated, and include everything from delivering exports to collecting imports or empty containers.
With the support of the new service, truckers will now have access to updated turn times for each of Oakland’s four terminals, as well as the various waiting periods outside terminal gates.
The development of Oakland’s online portal is expected to improve cargo flow by signalling to truck drivers or dispatchers if terminals are backed up, as well as highlighting potential bottlenecks.
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John Driscoll, Port of Oakland Maritime Director, commented: “This is a big step forward on our digital platform.
“It helps take the guesswork out of scheduling for truckers, dispatchers and the owners of cargo that moves through Oakland.”
The Oakland Portal, which went live in May 2018, is the Port of Oakland’s sole digital collaboration platform, and aggregates shipping information from every marine terminal in the harbour.