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Swire Shipping Pumps Up Pacific

Swire Shipping announced that it would be expanding two key services in the Asia Pacific linking New Zealand, Australia and Papua New Guinea, at the same time rebooting its Australia-South
09 Sep 2015 09:08
Swire Shipping Pumps Up Pacific
Swire Shipping vessel.

Swire Shipping announced that it would be expanding two key services in the Asia Pacific linking New Zealand, Australia and Papua New Guinea, at the same time rebooting its Australia-South East Asia service.

The China Navigation Company liner division will upgrade services out of Brisbane to New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore.

These will include 12 additional calls by direct service from New Zealand to Brisbane, two additional sailings to its weekly liner service per month to Lae, PNG, and the reintroduction of regular services to South East Asia.

“Swire Shipping is committed to growing and improving our extensive network in the Asia Pacific region to meet the needs of our customers,” general manager Jeremy Sutton said.

As well as greater frequency, the services provide improved transit times and enhanced network coverage, he said.

Swire operates a fleet of multipurpose vessels, carrying containerised, refrigerated, project, break bulk and heavy lift cargoes.  The announcement follows the June launch of a Swire Shipping partnership with Rickmers-Line Indian and the Middle East services with its the Asia Pacific network via Singapore.  Under this partnership, Swire Shipping will be able to connect its break bulk and project cargoes in India and the Middle East, through Rickmers- Line Indian and the Middle East services, to its network in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, via Singapore.

The load ports are Jebel Ali, Mumbai, Chennai, Dammam, Kolkata (other ports on inducement). The destination ports, via Singapore, are Papua New Guinea, Solomons, New Caledonia, Fiji, Australian East Coast, Darwin, East Timor and New Zealand.

The following month Swire launched a new express service linking North Asia, PNG and Australia. The North Asia Express (NAX) service provides direct links between Townsville in Australia, Lae, PNG and North Asia. NAX allows a 16-day transit between Shanghai and Lae, with a 10-day transit between Townsville and Shanghai.

More recently the company has also been reported by local press to be contemplating a transshipment operation through Brisbane out of Tasmania. Swire Shipping declined to comment at the time.

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