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A Look Behind the Gates at Portland's
(mostly) Idle Container Terminal (Photos)

by James Cronin
Portland Business Journal, December 17, 2015

At the Port of Portland, with shipping container service dropping to a fraction of what it once was, cranes sit idle and the docks are empty. It's no secret the Port of Portland's container business is in trouble.

A years-long labor dispute between the longshore union and ICTSI Oregon Inc., the company that manages the port's container business, led the port's two biggest container carriers to abandon ship.

Now, just one company, Westwood Shipping Lines, calls on the Portland port once a month. As of October, Terminal 6 had handled just 22,112 containers in 2015. At the same point last year, it had processed more than 141,000.

But ICTSI isn't going to let the port's business crumble without a fight. CEO Elvis Ganda told me he was meeting with a shipping company that's interested in new container service to Portland. In fact, Ganda is courting four potential new container service providers.

Click through the gallery to see what the port looks like these days, and what it could once again look like.

Related Pages:
Port of Portland's Marine Terminal Shipments Plummet Year Over Year by James Cronin, Portland Business Journal, 11/20/15

James Cronin
A Look Behind the Gates at Portland's (mostly) Idle Container Terminal (Photos) <-- See photos at original site.
Portland Business Journal, December 17, 2015

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