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Portland to welcome back liner calls after lengthy time on the sidelines

Portland to welcome back liner calls after lengthy time on the sidelines

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After more than 18 months of lying dormant the Port of Portland’s container facility, Terminal 6, has found a customer. Swire Shipping will start calling at the port from January

The port had seen its container clientele disappear in the wake of a lengthy dispute with dockworkers.

Swire Shipping will begin offering a mix of general, non-containerized cargo and container service starting in January 2018. The ship call at Terminal 6 is likely to be monthly and includes export shipments of Western Star trucks to Australia, export containers to Australia / New Zealand, and import containers from Asia. The trucks are manufactured by Daimler Trucks North America at their Swan Island plant in Portland.

“This is a critical first step toward restarting container service at Terminal 6 and will aid in efforts to attract an additional service in the future,” the office of Oregon’s governor stated in a release.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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