PORT OF PORTLAND'S NEW TERMINAL DEDICATED TO BREAKBULK TRADE

PORT OF PORTLAND'S NEW TERMINAL DEDICATED TO BREAKBULK TRADE

Despite the growing emphasis on containerized cargo, breakbulk cargo facilities are still a major part of waterfront activities, according to the port of Portland which dedicated the West Coast's newest breakbulk terminal last week.

At a time most ports are concentrating on developing new facilities for the lucrative container trade, Portland poured $46 million into a nearly four- year renovation of Terminal 2, a 60-year-old breakbulk facility on the Willamette River.Though not scheduled to be completed until later this year, the terminal already is in use, serving seven carriers including two new ones, Australia- New Zealand Direct Line and Hawaiian Marine Lines, a Crowley Maritime subsidiary that operates a barge service to Hawaii.

Still to be completed are a 80,000-square-foot warehouse this June and an 85-ton, five-part, straight-line gantry crane which is being built by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. of South Korea and due this fall to supplement existing cranes at the terminal.

Port officials said the crane and 100-foot rail-gauge tracks will give Portland the heaviest lift capacity on the West Coast.

The renovation of the northern half of the terminal makes it the most modern general and breakbulk cargo terminal on the West Coast, according to port officials.

Constructed were two large berths with dockside rails, two warehouses, an administration building, low-level dock for barges and roll-on roll-off vessels, 18 acres of paved and lighted storage and nearly 100 plug-in for refrigerated containers.

The new facilities can handle container, roll-on pass-pass and breakbulk ships and barges.

Voter approval of a $40 million general obligation bond provided most of the money for the project that essentially replaced four smaller ship berths with two large ones capable of direct ship-to-rail transfer of cargo.

Port officials estimated as many as 500 local companies employing about 11,000 people use Terminal 2 to export cargo.

The southern half of the terminal was modernized in 1969 following a similar voter approval of a general obligation bond.

Tony Meeker, Oregon state treasurer, called the project good news for every Oregonian.

The dedication came at same time port officials announced Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. will renew its container service to Portland effective late June as part of a new space charter agreement with K Line (Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd.) of Japan.

At the same time Doug Roberts, port spokesman, said K Line will provide speedier service and more available cargo space for shippers using Portland beginning in June. The new service will cut transit time to the Far East by two days since K Line is eliminating calls at Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.