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Ports having good year, thanks in part to fresh produce

Saturday, 12 August 2017 | 00:00

The ports of Manatee and Oakland are having record-setting years, with much of that success coming from produce imports.

Port of Manatee

The Port of Manatee’s container volume has hit a full-year record in just the first 10 months of the fiscal year, according to a news release.

Since Oct. 1, the Port of Manatee has moved 32,907 20-foot-equivalent (TEU) container units, surpassing the full-year record of 30,431 TEUs, which was set in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2010, according to the release.

The record-setting container volume represents a 47% increase over the first 10 months of the preceding fiscal year.

The increase is mainly attributable to Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. switching from breakbulk shipping to containers for imports of Central American pineapple and bananas as well as to the success of World Direct’s weekly shipping service that transports refrigerated produce from Mexico, according to the release.

“We are excited to have already set a new container record for Port Manatee and are further encouraged that this favorable trend is anticipated to be sustained for a long time,” Carlos Buqueras, Port Manatee’s executive director, said in the release.

The port’s tonnage also increased in the first 10 months of its fiscal year, topping last fiscal year’s numbers by 17%.

Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland set a record for import cargo in July, according to a news release.

The port handled 84,835 loaded 20-foot import containers in July, which tops the previous record of 84,023 containers set in March 2015, according to the release.

Import volume through the first seven months of the year was also up 3.7% over the same time last year, according to the release.

Looking to the future, Port of Oakland leaders say they foresee a five-year period of record cargo volume beginning in 2018, according to a news release.

That prediction comes from the recently released Strategic Maritime Roadmap, according to the release. The roadmap forecasts a record volume of 2.4 million cargo containers in 2018.

The roadmap also predicts greater volumes arriving on larger ships driven by Northern California’s robust freight market along with new distribution and freight transfer centers, according to the release. The document predicts that ships will be 35% larger within 15 years.

“We’re serving a thriving area and developing new services for our customers,” Oakland’s maritime director John Driscoll said in the release. “The combination should be positive for everyone who relies on the port for their business or their job.”
Source: ThePacker

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