OAKLAND PORT NAMES BRIEN MARITIME DIRECTOR

OAKLAND PORT NAMES BRIEN MARITIME DIRECTOR

The Port of Oakland has named Leo R. Brien as its new director of maritime activities.

To take the job, Mr. Brien will leave his post as president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, an industry lobbying group for shipping interests doing business on the West Coast."Leo Brien is a highly dedicated, highly respected leader in the maritime industry," said James B. Lockhart, president of the Oakland Port

Commission. "We welcome him enthusiastically to the port's management team."

Mr. Brien will oversee the port's maritime division, which generated $51.4 million in revenue in the fiscal year that ended June 30. Oakland is currently ranked as the country's fourth-largest containerport. Mr. Brien's annual salary will be $106,400 a year.

The port dismissed its previous maritime director, William Stevens, after allegations of sexual harassment were raised by a female employee of a port tenant. Mr. Stevens has denied the charges and insisted that the port's action was unwarranted.

Mr. Brien served as head of PMSA for five years, leading battles against a state bunker-fuel sales tax and efforts to secure port funds for the state budget.