Featured Member: Port of Oakland

  • by BPC Staff
  • on October 3, 2017


The Port of Oakland: Your Port. Your Partner. 
Founded in 1927, the Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland Seaport, Oakland International Airport, and nearly 20 miles of waterfront including Jack London Square. The Port along with its partners supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region.  
The Oakland Seaport moves 99% of Northern California’s containerized goods. The Port is growing responsibly, anticipating record cargo volume of 2.6 million twenty-foot containers by 2022. As bigger ships call Oakland with more cargo, vessel visits and related diesel emissions are down. Between 2005 and 2015, ship diesel emissions decreased 75 percent. During this same period, diesel emissions from trucks that haul cargo to and from the Port dropped 98 percent. As an infill project on previous industrial land, the Port is developing its portion of the former Oakland Army Base to create a Seaport Logistics Complex, including a $100 million railyard completed in Dec. 2016.


Oakland International Airport (OAK) is the fourth busiest airport in California and second busiest in the San Francisco Bay Area. OAK serves over 12 million passengers annually. It connects to regional rail transit by a state-of-the-art BART link, which opened in November 2014. Oakland’s air service to over 50 U.S. and international destinations is on 13 different airline brands. Southwest, Norwegian, Level, and British Airways are expanding the Airport’s international reach with new routes to Europe and Mexico.
The Port’s Commercial Real Estate division oversees 840 acres of waterfront properties along the Oakland Estuary including Jack London Square, Brooklyn Basin, Embarcadero Cove, portions of the Oakland Airport Business Park, and many acres of open space. These properties contain a varied mix of tenants, including offices, hotels, restaurants, retail and industrial uses, all of which represent thousands of local jobs.


Reflecting its sustainable growth principles, the Port has restored hundreds of acres of wetlands using clean sediments from its dredging program, thereby enhancing the overall environmental quality of the region. The Port of Oakland is one of the founding members of the Bay Planning Coalition and remains a deeply engaged member at all levels – Committee, Board and Officers.  Past Port staff who served on the BPC Board include Charlie Roberts, former Port Executive Director and Chief Engineer and Gerald (“Jerry”) Serventi, Chief Engineer. Richard Sinkoff, Director of Environmental Programs and Planning is currently serving a two-year term (2016-2018) as President of BPC.

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