Portland Box Volumes Up 25 Percent In February

The Port of Portland continued its healthy container increase in February with a 25.3 percent increase over the same month a year ago.

Portland's gateway handled 17,110 TEUs in February this year compared to 14,139 TEUs in February 1991.

Portland experienced an 8 percent increase in containers during 1991. Significant increases of double-stack railcars at the port's expanded on-dock intermodal rail yards at Terminal 6 were recorded during the year. Portland also benefited from increased container-onbarge movements on the Columbia/ Snake River system.

A Tidewater Barge Line multiple tow, including a containers-onbarge, on the Columbia River above the Port of Portland, was featured on the March 1992 cover of MARITIME REPORTER.

Bob Liscomb, port marketing manager, said the lack of congestion, excellent rail services and "last port of call status" is drawing more export cargo from the Midwest.

February also was an all-time record for mineral bulks at the port's Terminal 4 Hall-Buck Marine bulk facility, where 276,457 short tons were handled. This facility handled a total of 2,103,129 short tons during 1991. Commodities are chiefly soda ash and bentonite clay exported to East Asian countries for making glass and use as foundry clay, respectively.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 62,  May 1992

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