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A tie-up between Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines, parent of liner company APL, and CMA CGM of France would combine the third and thirteen largest container carriers worldwide.
The four new Super Post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes manufactured by Konecranes, which will operate at the Barbours Cut Container Terminal, will stand taller than any other marine cranes in North America.
United States gross domestic product (GDP) grew 2.1 percent in the third quarter, according to the Commerce Department's second estimate, but truck tonnage remains relatively flat amid weak industrial and manufacturing output.
With world leaders convening in Paris for global talks on how to slow climate change, the shipping industry says it is doing its part and ocean carriers say more efforts are underway to lower carbon dioxide output from vessels.
Jamaica will use SOGET's port community system to provide a single platform for submission of key logistics and compliance data as the country looks to grow its container volumes after the completion of the Panama Canal expansion.
While some containers will flow to Portland, others will be loaded on trains in Boardman, Oregon for shipment through Seattle and Tacoma.