Longshore union boycotts 'sham review' of Terminal 6

Longshore union boycotts 'sham review' of Terminal 6

Members insist the analysis of the Port of Portland's container terminal is biased.

The point, according to Port spokesman Josh Thomas, is to find ways of speeding operations at Oregon’s only deep-draft container yard. Slow work, labor disputes and cargo-handling interruptions have backed up trucks, delayed and rerouted ships, spawned lawsuits and almost persuaded Hanjin Shipping Co. to end its weekly Portland vessel calls.

“The audit is not about placing blame or pointing fingers,” said Thomas, who described the project as an unbiased analysis. “It is about identifying root problems and opportunities for improvement that will assist productivity to return to historic levels.”

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