PORTLAND – The Port of Portland’s largest container shipping company said it would continue local shipments Monday.
The announcement comes five months after Hanjin said it would end weekly shipments at the port due to an ongoing dispute with members of the longshore workers union.
The union was blamed for a lack of productivity in moving containers, which increased costs for the terminal operator, International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
Monday’s announcement was welcome news for local companies, who have relied on Hanjin’s weekly trips to Portland’s Terminal 6 for the past 20 years.
“We appreciate the support, commitment and patience shown by local shippers, as well as Hanjin, to continue this important service in Portland amidst some rough waters,” said Sam Ruda, chief commercial officer for the Port of Portland.
A spokeswoman for the union said members were not surprised by the decision to continue Hanjin shipments.
"The taxpayers of three Oregon counties have spent more than $10 million in subsidies to entice Hanjin to stay in Portland despite ICTSI’s monopolistic-generated performance and worldwide business model of squeezing labor, government and carriers," said Jennifer Sargent of the Coast Longshore Division of the ILWU.
Hanjin supports about 650 direct jobs and $33 million in personal wages annually, according Joshua Thomas, spokesman for the port.