Force Majeure at Terminal 6

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Hanjin shipping has dropped Portland as a scheduled shipping destination, at least for the moment. This Oregonian article on the subject included an interesting link to one of Hanjin’s long-range schedules. Hanjin’s decision to drop Portland is part of a complicated battle between labor, shipping owners, port operators, and shipping customers. The public has an incomplete picture of this negotiation, but Hanjin’s long rage schedule suggests that the pressure to automate North American ports is a significant factor, because it shows that ships take much longer to be processed by ports in North America than by automated ports in Asia.

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