The first cargo ship coming non-stop from Asia to the Port of Oakland in more than a decade arrived in the Bay Area Friday, making a big entrance as it passed under the Golden Gate Bridge.
Stacked with containers and sporting four of its own cranes, the ship operated by global logistics company CMA CGM, was actually smaller than other cargo ships people might see in the Bay.
But it cleared the Bridge easily and at a good pace, said Mike Reynolds of Richmond as he was fishing at Fort Point.
“I saw them come through under the Golden Gate Bridge,” Reynold said. “And when I looked up again it was about halfway to Alcatraz.”
The speed of the boat itself was not the only thing that appeared faster. Port of Oakland maritime director Brian Brandes said the overall service was speedy because the ships are coming to the Bay Area without stopping first in Southern California.
“Right now a lot of people are having to wait for their goods, appliances, etc. for a much longer period of time,” Brandes said. “But with a direct call into Oakland, it shaves off about 10 days.”
Also, since the service is bringing new cargo into Oakland, Brandes said it will create more jobs for longshoremen, truck drivers and warehouse workers.