International Longshoremen’s Association members in Jacksonville approved a labor contract with Hanjin Shipping that clears the way for construction of a long-delayed container terminal at the port.
Hanjin signed a 30-year lease on the port-owned terminal property in December 2008, subject to negotiation of a contract with the ILA. The port later halted work on the terminal’s final design because of uncertainty over whether the carrier and union could reach an agreement.
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Officials said they needed the ILA’s agreement on work rules and staffing in order to determine how the terminal would be designed. Hanjin planned for the 90-acre terminal to be one of the most automated in the nation, with capacity to handle 750,000 TEUs a year.
Hanjin's terminal would be built next to the TraPac terminal, which opened in January 2009 and is operated by a subsidiary of Japanese carrier MOL. Both terminals are geared toward handling cargo that comes from Asia.
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