Friday, June 29, 2012
Port of Portland labor dispute continues
Hapag-Lloyd is scheduled to resume its service at the Port of Portland by July 4, providing the port's labor dispute is resolved by then. The shipping line confirmed this on Thursday, saying it would keep a close eye on the situation, according to Oregon Live.
Currently, Cape Manila, a 696-foot Hapag-Lloyd container ship, is set to arrive at Terminal 6 on July 4.
Major shipping lines Hapag-Lloyd and Hanjin, Portland's largest carriers, have been circumventing the port, calling at detour destinations until a resolution is achieved between the unions. The three-week dispute has slowed work at the port, stranding containers and disrupting business.
On Wednesday, federally ordered settlement talks continued between union, port and terminal representatives with no resolution so far, according to the office of Governor Ted Kulongoski, who is overseeing the talks.
The International Longshore Workers Union is suing terminal operator ICTSI of Oregon. They say longshoremen should be given two jobs plugging, unplugging and monitoring reefers at Terminal 6. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers members usually perform that task.
For more of the Oregon Live story: www.oregonlive.com
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