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American ShipperAsia-PacificContainerMaritimeNews

Port of Oakland bracing for ‘new normal’

Distribution patterns expected to change in post-coronavirus world

The Port of Oakland’s business development manager expects links in supply chains will be remolded even after stay-at-home orders are lifted.

“We’ll be facing a new normal,” Andrew Hwang told the Harbor Trucking Association in a video conference. “Distribution patterns will change. … It won’t be like it was.”

Hwang explained that growth in online orders while consumers have been at home during the coronavirus pandemic may spur distribution center reconfiguration or consolidation. Distribution hubs also could be relocated to population centers.

BlueWater Reporting data shows the services, dates and estimated TEUs for blanked sailings to Oakland.

What is certain is that fewer container ships are calling at the Port of Oakland. Twenty May and June sailings to Oakland have been scrubbed. That could mean a 5% to 15% drop in cargo volume.

“About 10% of our scheduled vessel arrivals have been canceled by shipping lines, but we don’t know if that will translate into a similar drop in volume,” Hwang said. 

BlueWater Reporting, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, estimated 171,932 TEUs are being withdrawn with the blanked sailings in May and June.

“BlueWater Reporting has detected 12 voyages that collectively account for 99,592 TEUs of deployed capacity will not arrive at the Port of Oakland in May, while eight voyages that collectively account for 72,340 TEUs of deployed capacity will not arrive at the port in June,” said Hailey Desmoreaux, senior research analyst with BlueWater Reporting. “This is a result of blanked sailings by ocean carriers as well as the suspension of the 2M Alliance’s TP8/Orient loop. We suspect these figures will rise as more blanked sailings and even possibly more service suspensions surface.”

During March at the Port of Oakland, container imports declined 10.3%; the return of empty containers to Asia dropped 23%; and the number of ships calling the port decreased 10.6% year-over-year.

Kim Link-Wills, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Kim Link-Wills has written about everything from agriculture as a reporter for Illinois Agri-News to zoology as editor of the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. Her work has garnered awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Magazine Association of the Southeast. Prior to serving as managing editor of American Shipper, Kim spent more than four years with XPO Logistics.

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