The Port of Portland in Oregon, US, is set to resume container service after nearly one and half years following Singapore-based Swire Shipping commencement of container shipping operation at the port’s Terminal 6 (T-6).
Swire Shipping will provide a mix of general, non-containerised cargo and container service beginning in January next year as part of the new development.
The service is expected to be offered once per month and will feature export shipments of Western Star trucks to Australia, as well as export containers to Australia / New Zealand and import containers from Asia.
The proposed service is expected to help attract additional service in future and forms part of a wider initiative to ensure global access to Oregon and regional shippers.
It will be supported by a $250,000 Strategic Reserve Fund investment and represents an initial step toward maximising T-6’s long-term durability.
Port of Portland executive director Curtis Robinhold 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.”
Portland’s container service originally came to a halt at the end of May last year when the port’s final customer, Westwood Shipping Lines, stopped calling at the port.
In addition, several of the port’s then-customers such as South Korean shipping line Hanjin Shipping and Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd pulled out of Portland in 2015, following a rift between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and port operator International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI).