7 Things to Know About New Swire Shipping Service

Swire Shipping begins container service in January at Terminal 6. It’s part of our ongoing effort to provide shippers with new options for connecting products with international markets. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. The Portland service is every 35 days.
  2. Cargo will include a mix of non-containerized items, including Western Star trucks, manufactured by Daimler Trucks North America at their Swan Island plant in Portland, along with containerized imports and exports.
  3. One of the items going by container is Northwest forest products.
  4. After the ship leaves Portland, it heads to Long Beach, Calif. and Fiji, before proceeding to Australia, and then New Zealand. That cycle of the trip from Portland takes about six weeks.
  5. The ship begins its journey to Portland from Shanghai, China and makes a few stops along the way.
  6. Swire Shipping traces its roots back to John Samuel Swire, who opened his first Far Eastern agency in Shanghai in 1866. Six years later, he founded The China Navigation Company to operate a modest fleet of paddle steamers on China’s Yangtze River. Operations later expanded up and down the China coast and began regular services to Australia and New Zealand.
  7. The first ship stopping in Portland is called the Shengking.

For more information about shipping opportunities at Terminal 6, contact Ken O’Hollaren, our marine marketing director, Ken.OHollaren@portofportland.com.