ORE. (August 1, 2012) – Hanjin Shipping Resumes Portland Call
largest international container carrier, Hanjin Shipping, will restore service
to Terminal 6 this weekend with the arrival of the Hanjin Mundra. The
Port of Portland and terminal operator ICTSI Oregon, Inc. expect the vessel to
arrive on Saturday, August 4.
labor issues related to Terminal 6 operations have resulted in fewer vessel
calls, impacting the flow of containerized cargo to and from the region. The
decision to call Portland by Hanjin and its partner carriers is a welcome sign
to the shipping community in Oregon after multiple port omissions.
arrival of the Mundra will certainly assist the process of restoring confidence
for all industry stakeholders,” said Sam Ruda, chief commercial officer for the
Port of Portland. “We are very pleased to welcome Hanjin’s container service
back to Portland.”
Hanjin service provides unique and valuable connectivity between Portland and key
Asian markets, and is a vital commercial link for Oregon to trading partners in
the Pacific Rim. Other such vital linkages include Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg
Süd’s weekly service to the Mediterranean and Westwood Shipping Line’s monthly
service to Japan and Korea. These carriers continue to call at Terminal 6, as
judicial proceedings related to the labor dispute are expected to continue in
the coming months. Nevertheless, parties involved in this dispute have allowed
the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to perform the disputed work
assignments in the interim. As such, there is every reason to expect that the
return of the Hanjin service will coincide with a productive and positive
terminal experience and one that shipping lines, like Hanjin, have come to
expect in Portland.
About the Port of Portland
Established in 1891 by the Oregon Legislature, the Port of
Portland owns four marine terminals, three airports (Portland International,
Hillsboro, and Troutdale) and five industrial parks. The mission of the Port is
to enhance the region's economy and quality of life by providing efficient
cargo and air passenger access to national and global markets.