Westwood Shipping Lines on July 11 will inaugurate a monthly service linking Portland, Ore., to calls in six ports in Japan and South Korea, providing direct container and bulk service for exporters in the Pacific Northwest.
The monthly service will deploy ConBulk vessels that include 200 slots for containers. Westwood will carry containerized agricultural products such as hay, as well as paper products and other commodities from Columbia River valley, upriver and inland customers. Also, the ConBulk vessels are designed to carry heavy bulk cargoes.
Westwood will make direct port calls at Shimizu, Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya, Japan, and Busan, South Korea.
Once established, the service could quickly increase in both volume and frequency of vessel calls, said Greg Borossay, senior manager carrier development at the port.
Portland is nearing completion of a harbor dredging project to lower the depth to 43 feet from 40 feet, which will allow the port to accommodate vessels carrying heavy bulk products.
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