Shown in this Dec. 12, 2011 file photo are Port of Portland cranes, with Mount St. Helens in the background.Reuters
At first glance, operations at the Port of Portland might look normal. Trucks come and go. Containers are loaded and unloaded. But upon closer inspection, it's clear the normally efficient system is moving like molasses.
Crane operators hover over a container for up to a minute before hooking and moving it.