Container Service Returns to Port of Portland

Modesto Morganelli
Novembre 14, 2017

In a statement Monday the Port of Portland called it "a critical first step toward restarting container service at Terminal 6" and added that it will "aid in efforts to attract an additional service in the future".

Portland Port is now not managed by ICTSI, but is self-managing. Westwood shipping ceased its monthly calls in May 2016. Port managers complained longshoremen had deliberately slowed work at the port's Terminal 6, a claim the union denied. Containers of goods will be imported from Asia.

Port spokeswoman Melanie Mesaros said labor relations have improved in the past few years.

Now Swire Shipping has agreed to start offering a mix of general, non-containerized cargo and container services from Terminal 6 starting in January, 2018. "This signals that T-6 is open for business".

"I think there will be an opportunity to accommodate growth or more volume as the service develops", she said.

The new shipping option builds on Governor Brown's and the port's recruitment of air cargo service offered by Cathay Pacific at Portland International Airport (both partially or wholly owned by the Swire Group), and expands regional shippers' access to the global marketplace.

The announcement follows Governor Brown's recent trade mission trip to Hong Kong, where the Governor and Port representatives met with Swire corporate executives.

"Not only will new container service bring jobs for Oregonians, it also gives more options to OR companies as we work to maximize Terminal 6".

Governor Kate Brown said: "Strong trading partnerships and access to global markets allow OR businesses to grow, helping to sustain a thriving statewide economy".

Swire's new shipping service is supported by a $250,000 Strategic Reserve Fund investment to help OR businesses get their get products to global markets efficiently, and support Northwest shippers.

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