Port of Portland Re-opens Containership Business
Containerships will resume calls to the US West Coast Port of Portland as Singapore-headquartered Swire Shipping has agreed to begin a service from its container terminal, according to Oregon Live.
It is hoped this will revive the port, where container traffic had come to a standstill.
Portland Port’s former client Korean shipping operator Hanjin Shipping, ceased to call at the terminal after division arose between International Longshore and Warehouse Union and port operator ICTSI.
Portland Port is now not managed by ICTSI, but is self-managing.
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.
Doling out financial incentives to support the new service, Oregon’s government provided $250,000 from its Strategic Reserve Fund.
Port executives alongside Oregon Governor Kate Brown had recently met with Swire executives on a trade mission trip to Hong Kong.
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Swire Shipping’s decision to launch a service follows the launch of an air cargo service via the port offered by Cathay Pacific, another company with Swire Group ownership.
Ships calling at Terminal 6 are “likely to be monthly”.
Cargo may include export shipments of Western Star trucks, manufactured by Daimler Trucks to Australia, export containers to Australia/New Zealand, and import containers from Asia. The trucks are manufactured by North America at their Swan Island plant in Portland.
Governor Kate Brown said: “Strong trading partnerships and access to global markets allow Oregon businesses to grow, helping to sustain a thriving statewide economy.
“Not only will new container service bring jobs for Oregonians, it also gives more options to Oregon companies as we work to maximize Terminal 6.”
Curtis Robinhold, Port of Portland Executive Director said: “The Port is focused on giving our local shippers a variety of options to move their goods efficiently.
“Most importantly, this signals that T-6 is open for business. We very much appreciate the growing partnership we have with Swire.”
Read more: The Port of Portland has said that it is attempting to serve regional export markets on the US West Coast in the absence of container traffic coming from mega-ships, according to The Register-Guard.