Longshoremen Boost Production at the
by Richard Read
Longshoremen picked up the pace Saturday at the Port of Portland, loading and unloading a container vessel at almost normal speed, a Port spokesman said.
Two gangs, or work groups, of longshoreman were working in Terminal 6, where a three-week standoff between the longshore union and an electricians' union and other problems have backed up freight across the Northwest and beyond. The Hanjin Madrid, a 51,000-ton vessel, was in port as scheduled.
"It looks like productivity was headed toward average today," said Josh Thomas, the Port spokesman. He said two forklift-like reach stackers were repaired and one crane remained out of commission.
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