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Port Will Pay Shippers To Come A Calling

The Port of Portland approved a plan Wednesday to pay shipping companies to continue calling at the port. The total payout is capped at one million dollars.

Freighter at anchor in the Columbia River off Kelly Point.

Freighter at anchor in the Columbia River off Kelly Point.

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The new program allows the port to pay $10 per container to carriers who ship through Portland. 

Port spokesman Josh Thomas says it’s needed to offset the cost increases and productivity losses that are happening as a result of the dispute between longshore workers and the company that operates Terminal 6 - International Container Terminal Services.

“We don’t see it as a solution by any stretch of the imagination, but more of a temporary stop gap.”

E-mails to International Container Terminal Services were not immediately returned.

A statement from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union said ICTS has mismanaged operations and replaced a positive work environment with a hostile one.

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