FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PORTLAND, ORE. (October 18, 2013) –
Hanjin Shipping to Withdraw Direct Call
Shipping has notified the Port of Portland and terminal operator ICTSI Oregon
that it plans to withdraw direct call service at Terminal 6
in January 2014, citing escalation of costs
as the as
the primary driver for the decision.
is the largest container carrier calling Portland’s Terminal 6.
The service represents approximately 80 percent of container throughput at the
terminal, averaging about 1,600 containers per week. Hanjin
has had a presence in the community since 1994, and has contracts with many of
the area’s largest shippers.
has been a valued customer of the Port for almost 20 years, and we continue to
believe that they have a valuable container shipping franchise in this market,”
said Sam Ruda, chief commercial officer for the Port of Portland.
the present time, Hanjin plans to continue their weekly call
at Terminal 6 for the duration of the calendar year. Additionally, Hanjin
leadership staff is meeting with officials from the Port and ICTSI Oregon in
to Hanjin, the Portland call would be removed from the Pacific Northwest Hanjin
Express Service, and shipments currently being served via the Port of Portland
would be rerouted through ports in the Puget Sound. During summer of 2012, when
ships were diverted and customers paid for trucking to Puget Sound ports, it
amounted to an additional cost of $500 to $1,000 per container in addition to
increased air emissions.
of Hanjin would leave Hapag-Lloyd, Hamburg Süd and Westwood Shipping as the
remaining direct calling carriers at the container terminal. The change would
not impact other Port business lines such as autos, minerals, grain, steel or
Port has a 25-year lease with ICTSI Oregon for the container terminal, but
there are other short and long term impacts of losing direct call container service.
More than 1,000 businesses depend on the Port to get their goods to and from
market, and more than 2,000 workers depend on the container terminal for their
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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.