FedEx executives join leadership of the Port of Hueneme and Navy to celebrate the arrival of the first container ship carrying goods from Asia


New partnership will alleviate supply chain difficulties

PORT HUENEME, CA / ACCESSWIRE / January 31, 2022 / Accompanied by FedEx executives, Dr. Udo Lange, President/CEO of FedEx Logistics; Patrick Moebel, President of FedEx Trade Networks; and Jim Rinchiuso, Managing Director, Global Ocean Product for FedEx Logistics; The Port of Hueneme, Ventura County Naval Base leadership and elected officials welcomed the first ship carrying FedEx containers to arrive from the Port of Humen, China. Through this exciting new collaboration with FedEx and the Port of Hueneme, US households will find essential goods such as electronics, automotive materials and apparel, as well as general department store goods restocked on store shelves thanks to innovative services.

The FedEx team, port officials including Mary Anne Rooney, President of the Oxnard Harbor District Commission, Commissioners Jess J. Herrera and Celina L. Zacarias, Kristin Decas, CEO and Port Director, Dona Lacayo, Chief Commercial Officer, and Captain Robert Kimnach, Commandant of the Ventura County Naval Base, they personally welcomed the FedEx shipping containers with a plaque ceremony as they watched the first 53-foot containers being unloaded from the ship to the docks.

(Left to right) Geneve Monteleone, Office of Sen. Diane Feinstein; Oxnard Mayor John Zaragoza; Port Hueneme Mayor Rich Rollins; Laura Hernandez, Member of Port Hueneme City Council; Oxnard Harbor Commissioner Celina L. Zacarias; Capt. Richard “Barr” Kimnach, commanding officer, Ventura County Naval Base; Jim Rinchiuso, General Manager of Global Ocean FedEx Trade Networks; Patrick Moebel, President of FedEx Trade Networks; dr Udo Lange, President and CEO of FedEx Logistics; Mary Anne Rooney, President of the Oxnard Harbor Commission; Andrew Palomares Deputy General Manager, CFO/CAO; Oxnard Harbor Commissioner Jess J Herrera; Congresswoman Julia Brownley; Christina Birdsey Chief Operations Officer; Congressman Salud Carbajal; Rick Valenzuela President ILWU Local 46; Kristin Decas, CEO and Port Director; and Dona Lacayo Chief Commercial & Public Affairs Officer.

“Thanks to the innovative thinking and dedication of the teams at FedEx Logistics and Port of Hueneme, we are able to turn a challenge into an opportunity and help our customers with this solution,” said Udo Lange, President and CEO of FedEx Logistics.

Congresswoman Julia Brownley, Congresswoman Salud Carbajal, Port Hueneme Mayor Richard Rollins, Port Hueneme Councilor Laura Hernandez, Oxnard Mayor John Zaragoza and Oxnard Councilor Vianey Lopez celebrated the event by they presented proclamations to the port for excellence in public-private partnerships and in finding creative supply chain solutions. Other key stakeholders attending the event included ILWU President Rick Valenzuela and representatives from shipping company United Cargo Management, Ceres Terminals and T&T Trucking.

A FedEx container sits on top of a Ceres all-electric UTR (Cargo Handling Truck).

“As the Port of Hueneme representative in Congress, I am always so excited about the new business and new jobs the port is bringing to the region,” said Congresswoman Julia Brownley, representing the 26 California representativesth District. “Efficiently moving goods through the supply chain is critical for businesses of all shapes and sizes, and the infrastructure at our ports is a key part of that equation.”

Given the pressures on the supply chain, this type of service is important not only for the movement of goods and US consumers, but also for reducing emissions by alleviating bottlenecks on land and at sea in the larger congested ports, while providing benefits to the local community are generated.

Commissioner Rooney expressed the Board’s strong support for the service, coupled with its unwavering commitment to the environment and community: “In building these services, we are motivated by the opportunities they bring to foster economic prosperity and sustainable growth support financially. These types of freight operations create well-paying jobs. Our achievements also provide us with the critical revenue to invest in sustainable operations and zero-emission technologies, such as the electric UTRs (Cargo Handling Trucks) that the port has procured to offload containers.”

In light of the long-standing 2004 Joint Use Agreement with the Navy, cargo will initially be deployed on Navy property to avoid disrupting critical existing services at the port.

It is truly an honor to be a part of this historic event and on behalf of the Navy I would like to welcome the Genco Pyrenees FedEx Logistic Cargo ship aboard Port Hueneme Naval Base,” said Capt. Robert “Barr” Kimnach, Commander of Naval Base Ventura County: “Strong community bonds are critical to ensuring our continued missionary success. The Navy has had a valued partnership with this community for over 80 years and operated the port after the outbreak of World War II.”

This operation is the first of several chartered ships scheduled to come to Hueneme, with plans to add more over the next year based on success with the initial services. With FedEx-owned chassis lined up and truckers ready, cargo will quickly make its way from the base to out-of-port distribution facilities.

Dona Lacayo, CCO & CPAO of the Port of Hueneme, said: “We have worked together to enable the entire logistics network to move the cargo through each of the supply chain partners – from origin, across the ocean and transport to the determination device. We thank FedEx Logistics and all project partners for the great cooperation and for making the first FedEx Ocean Charter a great success.”

FedEx trucks transport cargo from the Genco Pyrenees ship.

The Port of Hueneme has seen record imports and exports as it supports supply chain challenges. In the first half of fiscal 2022 (July to December), imports increased by 123 percent and exports by 200 percent, driven by the strong partnerships with the navy, shipping companies, stevedores and other key partners that ensure the cargo keeps moving and the port is not overloaded.

Kristin Decas, CEO and Port Director shared: “Our slogan We get cargo moving, is indicative of our reputation among ports as one of the fastest throughput ports in the nation, and at this moment, by working together, we can help make a dent in a national crisis. We thank FedEx for their business and look forward to a long-term relationship that will produce market-based solutions that benefit consumers.”

The Port of Hueneme is one of the most productive and efficient commercial trade gateways for niche cargo and the 6thth largest container port on the west coast. The port is managed by five locally elected port commissioners. The port moves $10.85 billion worth of goods each year and is consistently ranked among the top ten US ports for automobiles and fresh produce. The Port Operations supports the community by generating $1.7 billion in economic activity and creating 15,834 trade-related jobs. Trade through the Port of Hueneme generates more than US$119 million in direct and related state and local taxes that fund vital community services. In 2017, the Port of Hueneme became the first port in California to be Green Marine certified and was voted the greenest port in the United States at the Green Shipping Summit. visit

Letizia Austin
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