Enrique Razon Jr., head of International Container Terminal Services Inc., hopes to make Portland's Terminal 6 the site of his Filipino company's first U.S. venture.
Port officials see this as an opportunity to expand global connections.
Port managers say a private company could do better marketing and operating much of the 386-acre container terminal, which has struggled to retain shipping lines due to its 100-mile distance from the Pacific Ocean. On Tuesday, the head of the union at Terminal 6 endorsed the 25-year lease to Razon's company...
Port managers defended their decision to negotiate directly with Razon's company instead of taking competitive bids. Ten companies qualified for a lease of 50 years or more that was contemplated during an earlier round suspended in 2008 due to the recession, said Sam Ruda, Port director of marine and industrial development.
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