PMSA’s Jacob Warns Oakland A’s Howard Terminal Ballpark and Condos Pose “Long-Term Threat” to Port of Oakland Maritime Operations
Mike Jacob, vice president and general counsel, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA), called the recently-released City of Oakland draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) analyzing the Oakland A’s proposed ballpark and condominium complex at the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal “inadequate.”
Jacob said the report was vague in its analysis of the complex’s impact on harbor trucking, air quality and container rail movements.
Jacob warned that, if approved, the A’s project poses “a long-term threat to growth at the Port of Oakland.”
Nevertheless, the City of Oakland is moving forward with approving the complex at a time when the Port of Oakland:
- Attracted new container ship business from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach
- Attracted it first port of call ocean carrier service from Asia with CMA
- Is the only the third port in the United States to handle 18,000 twenty-foot unit mega-container ships
- Is installing new mega-container ship to shore cranes at the Oakland International Container Terminal built in China by ZPMC.