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Port Traffic Metrics: Longview, Oakland

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Longview Cargo Tonnage on Track to a Record Year

2017 is shaping up as a record year for the Port of Longview. The mid-year total of 5.2 million metric tons exceeded by nearly 10 percent the first half 2016 total.

In detail, the 2017 data show increases from last year of 56 percent for bulk mineral exports to 300,000 tons and 18 percent for logs to 300,000 board feet. Surging soybean and corn exports sparked a 36 percent in shipments from Longview’s EGT export grain terminal to more than 4.0 million tons.

"In recent years, we have seen a trend of healthy volume growth. As we continue to diversify our cargo portfolio and expand our facilities, our expectations grow with them." said the Port CEO Norm Krehbiel. "We've gained significant momentum and we’re able to capitalize on that due to our ability to meet a wide range of needs for our customers."
Longview moved more than 8.3 million tons of cargo in 2016 - the most in three decades and a nearly 30 percent increase from 6.4 million tons in 2015.

Port of Oakland May Get Second-Fewest Ship Visits in a Decade

New data indicate the Port of Oakland this year may receive its second-fewest container ship visits in a decade.  
Through July, 954 container ships had visited Oakland in 2017. That’s down 7.6 percent from 1,032 visits at the same time last year. If the trend persists, vessel calls for the full year would total about 1,650, or 100 fewer than in 2016.

"This is a good trend," said Maritime Director John Driscoll. "Our cargo volume is up but with fewer ships, we reduce diesel emissions and ease berth crowding."

Vessel calls in Oakland have declined 15 percent since 2007, the port said. The low point was 2015 when 1,433 ships visited.

Despite fewer vessel calls, the port said loaded container volume is up 2 percent in 2017. If that pace holds, Oakland could set a cargo record for the second straight year.

Ships calling Oakland in 2017 are newer and larger, the port said. It notes that modern vessels are more fuel efficient, making them environmentally friendly.

The larger ships are loading and unloading about 11 percent more containers per visit, the port said. That challenges marine terminals and harbor truckers attempting to quickly deliver customers’ cargo. The port notes, however, that terminals have overcome the challenge through longer hours of operation and trucker appointments.

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