The Oregonian published an article on Friday that features photos and text covering a tour of Portland’s Terminal 6. Excerpts:
“Shipping goods over water is the second-oldest business in the world,” [consultant Barry] Horowitz joked. In the ancient world, Phoenicians and Greeks carried gold and silver, peacocks and spices. Today’s goods seem more prosaic: cars, consumer goods and steel slabs come into Portland, and wheat, animal feed and frozen french fries go out.
Less romantic cargoes perhaps, but Horowitz, with his tales of disasters at sea and explanations of centuries-old maritime laws that protect shipowners, conveyed a vivid sense of the complicated and sometimes perilous networks involved in carrying goods great distances over the oceans to their eventual destination on supermarket shelves.