Container ships returning to Port of Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Container ships are returning to the Port of Portland in 2018, though not frequently.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports Hong Kong-based Swire Shipping will visit Terminal 6 about once every five weeks. The route will take goods from Oregon to Australia and New Zealand, and then China.

Gov. Kate Brown finalized the deal during her visit to Asia last month.

Major shipping companies made weekly visits to Portland before halting service in 2015. The stoppage forced businesses that used the terminal for international shipping to send their goods to out-of-state ports via truck or rail.

The service disruption was largely blamed on productivity problems that stemmed from a labor dispute between the longshoremen’s union and the terminal operator, ICTSI.

The Port of Portland ended its contract with ICTSI earlier this year.