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New Swire Move To Boost Trading

Fiji is among the Pacific Island nations that are going to benefit from the recent move made by Swire Bulk in opening a desk in Melbourne, Australia last Friday. Swire
25 Nov 2015 10:46
New Swire Move To Boost Trading

Fiji is among the Pacific Island nations that are going to benefit from the recent move made by Swire Bulk in opening a desk in Melbourne, Australia last Friday. Swire Bulk is the dry bulk operating division of the China Navigation Company (CNCo).
CNCo manager corporate communications Karen Wilkinson told Shipping News, that the Swire Bulk desk is located at 51 Bourke Street, which also houses CNCo’s multipurpose liner division, Swire Shipping.
“With the opening of the Swire Bulk office in Melbourne, Adam Lucas, general manager Australia and Antony Riley, assistant chartering manager will relocate from the Swire Bulk Singapore desk to Melbourne,” Ms Wilkinson said.
Swire Bulk general manager Andrew Kidd said CNCo has provided regional shipping services between Australia and the Asia Pacific region since 1983.
“The Melbourne desk will work closely with our dry bulk customers and shipbrokers and leverage on the extensive Swire Shipping network to increase our market share of inbound and outbound cargo flows from the region.”
Mr Kidd said new office in Melbourne would seek to grow the Swire Bulk dry cargo presence in both Australia and the Pacific Islands.
“ At present, Swire Bulk’s focus in the Pacific Islands is on exporting sugar from Fiji into Europe and moving shipments of grain within the region,” he said.
CNCo is in the midst of a newbuilding programme to renew and expand its fleet.
Mr Kidd said by 2016, Swire Bulk will control:
 38 modern handy logs-fitted vessels ranging from 34-40,000 dwt,
 Compromising 24 Swire B. Delta 39 bulk carriers (20 loggers and four grabbers)
 Four Imabari 38 loggers
 10 long term period chartered Japanese logs fitted vessels
He added with the opening of the Melbourne office, Swire Bulk will be operating from five locations- Singapore, London, Tokyo, Melbourne and San Francisco.

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