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Port of Oakland names longtime shipping vet as maritime director

VETERAN shipping executive Bryan Brandes has been named maritime director at the Port of Oakland, replacing John Driscoll who left to manage the Alabama State Port Authority, reports the American Journal of Transportation

15 June 2020 - 19:06

VETERAN shipping executive Bryan Brandes has been named maritime director at the Port of Oakland, replacing John Driscoll who left to manage the Alabama State Port Authority, reports the American Journal of Transportation.

After a nation-wide search, Mr Brandes, recently vice president of FlexiVan Leasing, an intermodal chassis leasing company, was selected. He is a 25-year maritime veteran, having worked with Maersk Line, CMA-CGM and APM Terminals.



'Bryan is coming in at a crucial time for us and we're eager to put his skill and industry experience to work,' said Port of Oakland executive director Danny Wan. 'He knows the players, knows the business and knows what it takes for us to succeed.'



Oakland annually handles 2.5 million TEU, and is known as a key US exporter of farm produce. Cargo volume has declined 7.8 per cent in 2020 due to the economic fallout from coronavirus.



The port said Mr Brandes faces two challenges: recovery from the economic wallop and shaping Oakland's maritime future. The port and business partners have invested millions this decade in new logistics capabilities. Oakland is now upgrading to handle the latest class of ultra large container vessels.



'The port has operated smoothly throughout the pandemic so we're confident about recovery,' said Mr Brandes. 'And with the foundation we've got in place, I'm excited about our future. I can't wait to get started.'


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