The decision of the South Korean shipping company, Hanjin Shipping, to file for receivership has impacted cargo handling operations at three Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) terminals.
NWSA Olympic Container Terminal (OCT) in Tacoma said it is not accepting or dispatching any empty Hanjin containers until further notice.
Additionally, Husky Terminal in Tacoma is neither receiving nor releasing any empty Hanjin containers, starting from September 1.
Furthermore, on August 31 Terminal 46 (T46) in Seattle said that the terminal operator Total Terminals International (TTI) will no longer perform Hanjin gate transactions. However, on September 2, T46 announced that TTI will accept imports but it will not receive empty containers.
The Port of Prince Rupert Authority confirmed that the boxship Hanjin Scarlet was anchored directly upon arrival at Prince Rupert on August 30, in the wake of reports that Hanjin Shipping had applied for court protection from its creditors.
Hanjin Scarlet berthed at the port’s Fairview Container Terminal on September 7, where its cargo was handled.
The vessel finished unloading cargo at the Port of Prince Rupert two days later and has been anchored outside the port.
“It remains unclear whether it will call at Terminal 46,” NWSA said on September 9, 2016.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance is a marine cargo operating partnership of the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma. It is the fourth-largest container gateway in North America.