PORTLAND (AP) – Container cargo service has returned to the Portland waterfront.

New Jersey-based Columbia Coastal Transport suspended its barge service last June after a key client, Red Shield Environmental LLC in Old Town, went out of business. That business has since started up again, under the name Old Town Fuel and Fiber.

On Sunday, a mobile crane was lifting containers off a barge that had arrived with empty containers that will be filled with wood pulp and shipped to New York Harbor before being shipped to overseas destinations.

Jack Humeniuk of the International Longshoremen’s Association told the Portland Press Herald that the return of weekly shipments through the port opens the door for other businesses, while providing work for local longshoremen.

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