Containerized cargo volumes at the Port of Mobile continue to climb in 2021 as shippers seek uncongested gateways servicing key North American markets, according to those at the Port. In August, container volume through the Port increased 34% over August 2020 volume, while year-to-date volume posted 27% over the same period last year. Part of that success is tied to a 37% increase in refrigerated containers due to nearly $74 million in refrigerated facilities investment at the Port to support cold cargo supply chains.
Port of Oakland beef exports—almost exclusively to Asia—increased 25% this year between January and July. Those at the Port called the surge extraordinary in a year when shipping disruptions have hobbled global supply chains. Oakland exported the equivalent of 25,200 20-foot containers of beef through July. The number for the same period last year was 20,100. Oakland estimated the total value of beef exports at $1.5 billion in the first seven months of 2021.
North Carolina Ports has reached an agreement with Cold Summit Development to build a 280,000 square foot multi-suite cold storage facility located on the Ports Raleigh Street property. The facility would offer 40,000 pallet positions and could house a broad range of product categories, including pork, poultry, produce, grocery as well as life sciences at temperatures ranging from negative 20 degrees Fahrenheit to 57 degrees Fahrenheit.
Chiquita's Great White Fleet has acquired 850 new Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE refrigerated containers to support banana and pineapple export operations from Central America. The new PrimeLINE units acquired by Great White Fleet will replace older, less efficient units and will be installed on new 40-foot high-cube containers to ship bananas and pineapples from Central America to Europe and North America.
Lineage Logistics has reached an agreement to acquire Kloosterboer Group, a leading independent integrated platform for temperature-controlled storage, logistics and value-added services in Europe, Canada and South Africa. The transaction is subject to regulatory clearance and completion of the employee consultation process.
Blackline Cold Storage announced it will develop, construct and operate a new 298,000 sf state-of-the-art cold storage facility to be owned in partnership with Artemis Real Estate Partners at the Port of Houston, on a 36-acre site it is purchasing in the TGS Cedar Port Industrial Park. The rail-connected site is strategically located within the heavy-haul corridor in close proximity to the Barbours Cut and Bayport container terminals and with convenient access to the regional interstate highway system and provides Blackline the land for phased expansion up to 650,800 sf at full buildout.
Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan was just appointed Vice President of the California Association of Port Authorities (CAPA). During a week celebrating Ports Day 2021, which highlights the significant contributions California ports made to assist the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wan fills the key leadership role effective immediately. The role was left vacant following the passing of Port of Richmond Executive Director Jim Matzorkis in December.
Lam had been the acting CFO for the past 10 months.
February 22, 2021
Julie Lam, a key architect of the Port of Oakland’s COVID-19 response has been officially named the agency’s Chief Financial Officer. Lam had been the acting CFO for the past 10 months. Lam will be responsible for financial management, budgeting and accounting in her new role. She’ll also oversee human resources, risk management, purchasing and enterprise resource planning.
John Driscoll, director and chief executive officer of the Alabama State Port Authority, announced Beth Ann Frisher will join the Alabama State Port Authority senior management team as the new Chief Commercial Officer effective February 18, 2021. “Beth stood out amongst a very impressive list of qualified individuals seeking to lead this critical position at the Authority,” says Driscoll.