Peek into a major player in global commerce.

Folks might know the Port of Oakland as a gnarly site for late-night biking or as the (incorrectly) rumored inspiration for Star Wars AT-AT walkers. But few actually know it—understand its immensity, and the choreography of the hulking machines that keeps it humming.

While much of the port is walled off by barbed-wire fence, it’s not impervious to the prying eye of drones. Videographer Eddie Codel recently took a quadcopter tour of the area, and the footage he captured is fascinating. “The Port of Oakland is the fifth busiest container port in the US,” he writes. “Here’s what it looks like when container cargo is unloaded from ships by massive cranes. Be sure the watch in fantastic 4K UHD.”

Granted, this video will find its biggest appeal in a niche audience (people who like “shipping containers” and “large cranes,” says Codel). But even normies with no machine fetishes should appreciate the peek into a major, but rarely thought-about, player in global commerce.

H/t SFist

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. Perspective

    In a Pandemic, We're All 'Transit Dependent'

    Now more than ever, public transportation is not just about ridership. Buses, trains, and subways make urban civilization possible.

  2. Coronavirus

    The Post-Pandemic Urban Future Is Already Here

    The coronavirus crisis stands to dramatically reshape cities around the world. But the biggest revolutions in urban space may have begun before the pandemic.

  3. Equity

    What Bigotry Looks Like During Social Distancing

    As reports of harassment and assault against Asian Americans increase, community advocates are finding new ways to tackle the spread of xenophobia.

  4. photo: San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency employees turn an empty cable car in San Francisco on March 4.
    Transportation

    As Coronavirus Quiets Streets, Some Cities Speed Road and Transit Fixes

    With cities in lockdown and workplaces closed, the big drop in traffic and transit riders allows road repair and construction projects to rush forward.

  5. A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask walks past a boarded up building in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Governors from coast to coast Friday told Americans not to leave home except for dire circumstances and ordered nonessential business to shut their doors.
    Equity

    The Geography of Coronavirus

    What do we know so far about the types of places that are more susceptible to the spread of Covid-19? In the U.S., density is just the beginning of the story.

×