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Portland Port's Container Future
Uncertain After Last Service Exits

by Reynolds Hutchins
Journal of Commerce, May 19, 2016

Moreover, Portland's loss has been Seattle and Tacoma's gain, as containerized cargo
that could be diverted from the Oregon port has remained with the Northwest Seaport Alliance.

Many Oregon shippers have been taking longer routes to get goods to ports Seattle and Tacoma in Washington since two bigger shipping lines, Hapag-Lloyd and Hanjin, pulled out more than a year ago. (Leah Nash photo) The Port of Portland has lost its last container line service, raising the question of whether the Oregon gateway will ever re-enter the container business following severe labor issues.

Westwood Shipping Lines has announced that after Saturday it will no longer call at Portland's Terminal 6, where it began service in July 2010. The departure could be a death knell for the Pacific Northwest gateway, which has almost slipped off the map as a container port due to more than two years of labor strife involving International Longshore and Warehous Union Local 8 and the operator of the Oregon port's only container terminal.

The relentless work slowdowns and poor productivity that began in June 2012 over a jurisdictional dispute resulted last spring in the departure of the port's two largest container lines, South Korean's Hanjin Shipping and Germany's Hapag-Lloyd.

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Related Pages:
Shipping Authority Seeks to 'Adopt' Portland by Staff, Port Strategy, 5/12/16
Here's Why Portland Won't Get New Shipping Container Service Anytime Soon by James Cronin, Portland Business Journal, 5/9/16

Reynolds Hutchins
Portland Port's Container Future Uncertain After Last Service Exits
Journal of Commerce, May 19, 2016

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