first_imgThe coronavirus pandemic could permanently alter container transportation practices, Calfornia’s Port of Oakland cautioned. Image Courtesy: Port of Oakland As explained, shipping lines may consolidate more cargo on bigger ships while reducing the frequency of voyages. Supply chains could be altered, too, the port said. For example, the online purchasing explosion prompted by shelter-in-place orders may hasten distribution center reconfiguration or consolidation. Distribution hubs could be relocated to more central locations to serve population centers from fewer outlets. Posted: 5 months ago The port told freight haulers that 20 May and June voyages to Oakland have been cancelled. The result could be a 5-to-15 per cent drop in containerized cargo volume heading into summer. “Distribution patterns will change…it won’t be like it was.” Fewer containerships would likely mean less cargo at the port this spring, Oakland maritime officials said in a message delivered to the Harbor Trucking Association last week.  Canceled sailings could hit cargo volume “It’s a clouded picture. About 10 percent 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 noted. Port of Oakland welcomes its largest boxship ever The port added that Oakland exports to South Korea increased 31 per cent last month and to Japan 18 per cent. In March 2020, the port’s full imports stood at 67,035 TEUs, a decrease when compared to 74,714 TEUs handled in the corresponding month last year, the Port of Oakland’s monthly container statistics show. Full exports were 83,782 TEUs in March 2020, an increase from 78,280 TEUs reported in February 2020 and a drop from 88,202 TEUs seen in 2019. “We’ll be facing a new normal,”  Andrew Hwang, Port of Oakland Business Development Manager, pointed out. The Port of Oakland loads and discharges more than 99 per cent of the containerized goods moving through Northern California. Image Courtesy: Pixabay As informed, cargo is moving smoothly through Oakland. There are no shortages of labor or equipment. The port blamed vessel cancelations on the coronavirus pandemic which has stunted global trade. With consumer spending down, there’s less merchandise to load onto ships. That means fewer vessels needed between Asian manufacturing centers and US ports. Import volume is expected to suffer the biggest cargo decline in coming months, according to the port. On the other hand, demand for Oakland exports remains strong. However,  voyage cancelations could place some markets beyond reach, the port explained. Fruit, nut and meat exports are particularly coveted by overseas trading partners, especially in Asia. Categories: Ports & Logistics Posted: 5 months agolast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho said Christmas has been a tough time for him as it is the first one since the death of his father in June 2017 © AFP/File / Geoff CADDICKLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 25 – Jose Mourinho aimed a Christmas Day dig at Manchester City, claiming the runaway Premier League leaders have been handed an unfair advantage by playing their next match more than a day later than his United team.United welcome Burnley to Old Trafford on Tuesday but City, who have a huge 13-point lead over their city rivals, won’t play again until Wednesday night when they travel to Newcastle. Last Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Leicester was the first of four top-flight games in 10 days for United.“I’m not just saying about the privileged teams with six days to recover and to enjoy and to prepare for the next one, but also the ones with a little bit more (time) than us, for example the ones that play after tomorrow — that extra day means a lot,” Mourinho told Sky Sports News.“It means probably they are not working today, it means they can be back to work tomorrow and prepare for the next day. The problem that I see here is the difference between some teams.“But what I call the December injuries in English football are arriving. Some players are leaving the pitch after 15-20 minutes, some others don’t resist for the 90.“Of course it depends on many factors, but we open the door for what I call the December injuries.”Mourinho also admitted that Christmas had been a tough time for him as it was the first one since the death of his father, former Portugal goalkeeper Jose Manuel Mourinho Felix, in June.“It’s the first Christmas without my father and I think that’s the most difficult one,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more