Terminal operators, truckers, and BCOs agree that expanding free-flow operations for the delivery of containers at West Coast ports is a win-win situation for all participants, but the complexities of pulling it off in an era of big ships and alliances is limiting its potential.
One of the world’s largest privately-held operators of marine terminals, SSA handles over 110 million tons of conventional cargo worldwide each year in more than 250 locations around the world. SSA-managed marine terminals handle virtually every category of dry bulk commodity, including forest products, grain, steel, fruit, pulp, mineral ores, seafood, heavy machinery, yachts, and project cargo. SSA’ s parent company is Seattle-based Carrix, Inc., which also owns Tideworks Technology and Rail Management Services, also based in Seattle. Their operations: -- Rail Management Services (RMS) is one of the largest rail yard operators in the world. It provides on-dock and near-dock rail access for smooth inland connections; and contracts with all major U.S. Class 1 railroads, providing comprehensive intermodal services including trucking services, lift-on/ lift-off, auto ramp equipment and trailer maintenance and repair -- Tideworks Technology provides cost-effective, reliable terminal operating systems and graphical planning solutions for marine and intermodal terminal operations around the world. Its software enables terminal operators to improve vessel, terminal and gate productivity, thus saving them time and improving their throughput. Another division of SSA provides comprehensive logistical services for the finished vehicle & RoRo supply chain, for all kinds of RoRo vehicles, including military vehicles.
15 Aug 2019
Terminal operators say an increase in truck turn times in Los Angeles and Long Beach last month does not signal a return to the congestion experienced during the 2018 peak season.
03 Apr 2019
SSA Terminals will take control of the currently vacant Terminal 5, a move that will allow the Northwest Seaport Alliance to consolidate international container traffic at two terminals each in the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.
04 Mar 2019
Terminal operator SSA Marine has signed a new lease that includes the expansion and development of the Port of Jacksonville's Blount Island Marine Terminal and $28 million for harbor dredging.
26 Feb 2019
With blank sailings kicking in and congestion at Chicago rail yards easing, terminal operators in LA-LB say they have turned the corner and they see end of congestion by mid-March
06 Feb 2019
Seattle plans to lease the vacant Terminal 5 to SSA Marine/PIL Group, launching the NWSA harbor redevelopment program to consolidate older, smaller terminals into fewer but larger, more modern facilities that will enhance cargo-handling efficiency on today's mega-ships.
20 Jun 2018
SSA Marine’s 24-year lease extension in Oakland will open the door to increased investments in marine terminal and related infrastructure improvements that beneficial cargo owners should see reflected in more efficient operations at Oakland’s largest container terminal.
05 Apr 2018
In the latest move to demonstrate the commercial and operational feasibility of zero-emission, cargo-handling equipment, the Port of Long Beach has announced a partnership with SSA Marine to convert nine rubber-tire gantry cranes from diesel to electric and purchase 12 battery-electric yard tractors.
18 Oct 2017
The facility will be the first in Mexico dedicated exclusively to handling vehicles.
16 May 2017
The expansion will enable the terminal to add a fourth berth and boost the total terminal area by nearly 30 percent.
05 Apr 2017
SSA Terminals in Tacoma will provide stevedoring and terminal services for Matson when APM Terminals' lease expires.
31 Oct 2016
Synergies can be obtained through a single operating unit.
19 Sep 2016
The Port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, is studying the feasibility of a new terminal that would handle breakbulk and bulk cargoes.
02 Aug 2016
TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico and Intership have combined their adjacent marine terminals near San Juan.
02 Aug 2016
Oakland’s largest terminal operator is struggling to find the right formula for its newly-mandated trucker appointment system.
06 Jul 2016
A joint venture will seek customers for a planned eastern version of Prince Rupert.
08 Jun 2016
The largest container terminal in the Northwest Seaport Alliance has stated its position on SOLAS VGM generation.
03 Mar 2016
CMA CGM plans to upgrade a trans-Pacific service to the West Coast by deploying six ships with capacities of 18,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units, starting late May, a bet that container terminals can handle the largest mega-ships to call the U.S. and that volume will steadily grow.
03 Sep 2015
While some terminals are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to automate their operations in high-volume ports such as Los Angeles-Long Beach and New York-New Jersey, SSA Marine spent about $400,000 to install a semi-automated crane assist mechanism for a ship-to-shore crane in Long Beach that is so cost-effective it has application even for lower-volume ports.
11 Mar 2015
The largest container terminal at the Port of Oakland was shut down at noon Wednesday when, according to management, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 attempted to unilaterally impose manning requirements.
15 Jan 2015
The well-liked and respected IT leader, 46, built his career on a foundation of family history in the business, a deep understanding of the market and a talent for technology.
09 Jan 2015
Drayage drivers at Shippers Transport Express, a subsidiary of SSA Marine, on Friday chose to make Teamsters Local 848 in Southern California their exclusive bargaining representative, making Shippers Transport the second trucking company at Los Angeles-Long Beach after Toll to be represented by the trucker union.
10 Dec 2014
The relentless drive by container lines to reduce their per unit carrying costs through deployment of modern mega-ships means that the automation of marine terminals is inevitable. But each automated terminal will be tailored to the individual needs of the operator based on cost, volume and type of operation.
12 Nov 2014
The tinderbox that is West Coast ports caught fire again today when members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union shut down the SSA Marine terminal at the Port of Oakland.
25 Aug 2014
The market for container terminals in the U.S. is being helped by cheap prices, low risk, and the advent of automation, according to the latest newsletter from industry analyst Drewry Maritime Research.
25 Aug 2014
The persistent congestion clogging major gateway ports in the U.S. and Europe is raising a debate about whether it’s just peak-season volumes causing delays in import shipments or the inability of ports to handle the sharp growth in container ship sizes.
20 Aug 2014
The Port of Oakland was returning to normalcy Wednesday after four days of on-again, off-again demonstrations by anti-Israel protesters involving the Zim Piraeus container ship.
19 Aug 2014
The SSA Marine terminal at the Port of Oakland remained closed Tuesday because longshoremen refused to report to their jobs, even though the anti-Israel demonstrators who had blocked entrance to the facility on Sunday were long gone.
12 Jul 2014
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association surprised watchers by announcing a 72-hour hiatus in their negotiations so that the union could deal with unrelated talks in the Pacific Northwest, and by extending the expired coastwide contract during the suspension of negotiations.
05 Mar 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Ed DeNike has little confidence in drayage appointment systems at container terminals but says SSA Containers has speeded the flow of containers by sorting them for truckers to pick up as a block instead of one by one.
06 Feb 2014
After more than five years of inertia in the marine terminal business, the industry is beginning to churn. Some investors who spent billions of dollars in the mid-2000s to buy into container terminals want out, while others see this as a good time to invest in the industry.
21 Jan 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif.
08 Jan 2014
Carrix Inc. is boosting its financial strength and positioning its SSA Marine subsidiary to react quickly to opportunities for container terminal, bulk terminal and rail facility expansion in North America and overseas.
11 Nov 2013
A significant change in the relationship between shipping lines and marine terminal operators is under way, with carriers placing less emphasis on owning and operating their own facilities and more emphasis on reducing costs and preserving capital.
31 Jul 2013
Port of Oakland executives are stepping up their efforts to reduce the congestion at marine terminals that has made life miserable for harbor truckers during much of July.
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