Cargo ships prepare to bypass Port of Portland

Cargo ships prepare to bypass Port of Portland

Ocean cargo carriers are preparing to bypass the Port of Portland because of a planned marine terminal security guard strike on Sunday.

The diversions by the giant freighters are expected to snarl cargo, hurt importers and exporters and further damage Portland's reputation as an international freight hub.

"There will be diversions," said Sam Ruda, Port of Portland chief commercial officer. "The last thing people want to do is have their ships caught at berth."

Port officials plan to hire workers to replace the 25 longshore union members during a strike. But three Port terminals where the guards work are expected to shut down anyway, because fellow longshore workers who handle cargo assert the right to honor picket lines.


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