APL said it will move its vessel operations in the Port of Oakland from a terminal operated by its affiliate Eagle Marine Services to the adjacent Oakland International Container Terminal, which is operated by SSA Marine.
APL spokesman Scott Trainor said the move will be made in June 2013 and is being done to accommodate larger ships.
This year the company received the first of its 10,000-TEU ships under construction and has 14,500-TEU ships on order. Previously, the largest ships in APL's fleet had a capacity of 8,500 TEUs.
Trainor said the company has not yet decided whether it will put the largest ships into the transpacific, but the change will give it the flexibility to use larger vessels.
Eagle Marine will no longer operate in Oakland, but has operations in Los Angeles and Seattle.
SSA has about 15 shipping companies that call at its terminal in Oakland. - Chris Dupin