Port of Oakland regains key Asia ship route


The Port of Oakland has regained a key Asia shipping route from Japanese shipping giant Ocean Network Express (ONE).

Singapore-based ONE is bringing back its PS5 service, which connects the US West Coast to ports in Tokyo and China, to the Port of Oakland as of 13 November 2021 after it was initially cut from the route in 2019.

The updated service follows the route of Shanghai (China) – Ningbo (China) – Los Angeles (US) – Oakland (US) – Tokyo (Japan) – Shanghai.

“This is an important service for our import and export customers,” said Bryan Brandes, Maritime Director at the Port of Oakland. “And it’s a further sign of the importance that our industry partners place on Oakland.”

The PS5 service is the latest Asia service acquisition at the Port of Oakland in 2021. Other additions include:

  • CMA-CGM’s Golden Gate Bridge service
  • Wan Hai’s AA5 service
  • Matson’s CCX service
  • MSC’s Sentosa service

The Port of Oakland has also experienced a marginal increase in import volume, reaching 97,850 TEU in August 2021, despite facing a reduction in vessel services at the time. As cargo throughput is expected to grow, the port outlined infrastructure upgrades it needed to handle these growing cargo volumes.

Some improvements included:

  • Additional International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) workers being trained.
  • The completion of a land-use study, transportation study and electrical infrastructure study (to support its seaport path to zero emissions).
  • Strategic planning for the Port of Oakland Maritime Division to guide the division for its long-term, future growth.

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