Port Slowdown Impacts Lewsiton Shipping

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

January 16, 2015

Image: Port of Lewiston

Image: Port of Lewiston

The Port of Lewiston's container shipments declined to the worst level in more than two decades in 2014, and port officials are blaming a union labor disagreement and a contracted operator of the Port of Portland's container terminal

Lewiston port employees handled 3,240 containers in 2014, said Manager David Doeringsfeld at a port commissioner meeting. Doeringsfeld says the main problem is that the farthest inland seaport on the West Coast can't get enough empty containers to meet demand. 
He blames a union labor disagreement and a contracted operator at the Port of Portland's container terminal in Oregon.
However, the union's official version is that the union and contract operator have nothing to do with how many empty containers the Port of Lewiston receives.
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