Ships will call once a month as Swire Shipping offers a mix of general, non-containerized cargo and container service.
The Port of Portland said Monday that a company called Swire Shipping will begin calling at the port every 35 days.
Portland Port is now not managed by ICTSI, but is self-managing.
A smaller line continued monthly calls until 2016, when it, too, dropped Portland.
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Portland Port's former client Korean shipping operator Hanjin Shipping, ceased to call at the terminal after division arose between International Longshore and Warehouse Union and port operator ICTSI. Port managers complained longshoremen had deliberately slowed work at the port's Terminal 6, a claim the union denied.
Port spokeswoman Melanie Mesaros said labor relations have improved in the past few years.
Hong-Kong based carrier Swire Shipping will offer general, non-containerized cargo and container service at Oregon's sole global port from January 2018.
"Most importantly, this signals that T-6 is open for business".
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"I think there will be an opportunity to accommodate growth or more volume as the service develops", she said.
The announcement, made by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, the Port of Portland and Business Oregon, and follows a recent trade mission to Hong Kong, where the Governor joined port representatives to meet with Swire corporate executives. "Strong trading partnerships and access to global markets allow OR businesses to grow, helping to sustain a thriving statewide economy".
Doling out financial incentives to support the new service, Oregon's government provided $250,000 from its Strategic Reserve Fund.
"Not only will new container service bring jobs for Oregonians, it also gives more options to OR companies as we work to maximize Terminal 6".
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Swire Shipping service and Cathay Pacific are partially or wholly owned by the Swire Group.