Robert Nightingale, Oregon state conciliator, said he was calling a meeting Saturday between the Port of Portland and a longshore union local that represents Port security officers.

PORTLAND — Oregon state government’s top mediator plans last-ditch talks Saturday in hopes of averting a longshore strike the next day that could cripple operations at the Port of Portland.

But by then, damage to the Port and to Oregon’s reputation as an international freight hub will already be done. Managers of ocean cargo carriers are already deciding whether to reroute ships heading toward Portland as Sunday’s strike looms.

Robert Nightingale, Oregon state conciliator, said he was calling a meeting Saturday between the Port of Portland and a longshore union local that represents Port security officers. Nightingale, whose office mediates collective-bargaining disputes, will personally step in to the talks, which have dragged on for 17 months.

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