There are reports Hapag-Lloyd has joined Hanjin Shipping in refusing to use the port of Portland, Oregon because of a labor dispute.
According to the Journal of Commerce website, the two carriers will divert their cargoes to Oakland. The ILWU is reportedly staging a work slowdown at Portland’s Terminal 6 in conjunction with a jurisdictional dispute over work done with refrigerated containers now done by the IBEW. (By some accounts it’s two jobs). The ILWU says there is no deliberate slowdown, and if the work is going slower it’s because of unsafe working conditions. A line of trucks a mile long has been reported outside the terminal, and Federal judge is set to hear arguments Friday afternoon on an order to prohibit the ILWU from a work slowdown.