Swire Shipping to introduce new direct service connecting Singapore & North West Australia

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Swire Shipping will operate a new North West Australia direct service (NWD) from June 2021, offering customers a direct connection between Singapore and North West Australia. The new service is made up of two loops: the first loop will serve Singapore, Darwin, Port Hedland and operate with a transit time of 12 days from Singapore to Port Hedland; the second loop will operate from Singapore to Dampier, with a transit time of nine days, informed a release.

The direct connections will enable Swire Shippings customers in the region to better plan their inventory and manage their supply chains more efficiently. Customers who previously relied on inland transport through the Fremantle gateway now have an additional option to transport cargo to/from North West Australia.

Said Mr Randy Selvaratnam, Swire Shippings General Manager for the Pacific, We are pleased to offer customers in the region a direct connection between Singapore and North West Australia through our new NWD service. Over the past few years, we have made significant investments to improve our product offerings and provide more direct connections so that we can save our customers time.

The new service between Singapore and Port Hedland also aims to reduce the overall carbon footprint from cargo delivery on current modes of transport. To transport cargo from Singapore to Port Hedland, customers previously needed to ship their cargo from Singapore to Fremantle before using inland transportation to Port Hedland. With this new service, customers can now ship their cargo directly from Singapore to Port Hedland, which will reduce carbon emissions by up to 35,000 metric tons a year, the equivalent of greenhouse gas emissions produced from 7,600 passenger vehicles in a year, the release said.

Swire Shipping will deploy a geared 7,602-DWT multipurpose vessel, MV Souni, on Loop 1 of the new service (Singapore Darwin Port Hedland Singapore). On Loop 2 (Singapore Dampier Singapore), Swire Shipping will have slot access to MV Karratha Bay, a 7,520-DWT vessel operated by SeaSwift. Both vessels are capable of carrying containerised, out-of-gauge and break-bulk cargo.

Swire Shipping has worked closely with customers across various industries and is well-established in serving Australias regional ports. Across its network, Swire Shipping operates eight services connecting Australia to the rest of the world. With a commitment to enrich lives by connecting customers and communities in the Pacific, Swire Shipping strives to increase its network connectivity and improve its overall product offerings through direct services to the region, the release added.