Pacifica Shipping adds Takutai Chief to coastal shipping lines
Pacifica Shipping (PS), Swire Shipping’s dedicated New Zealand coastal shipping business, has announced the launch of a second vessel, the “Takutai Chief.” This new service, set to start September 19th, will offer a 3.5-day frequency on the line, increasing PS’s capacity, frequency of port calls, and coverage to regional ports.
In the Māori language, “Takutai” signifies “coast or seashore” while Moana Chief means “sea, ocean, large lake.” This 1,300TEU container vessel will complement existing New Zealand inter-island domestic freight services provided by the Moana Chief, with a fixed-day weekly service calling Auckland, Lyttelton, Tauranga, and Timaru or Marsden Point on alternating weeks.
Jan-Hendrik Hintz, Line Manager for Pacifica Shipping stated: “with two vessels operating in tandem, Pacifica Shipping is better equipped to meet the growing demand for coastal services by providing reliable inter-island domestic freight delivery and increased coverage to regional ports.”
The launch of this new vessel, originally announced in late June, will support higher demand for coastal services, as well as contribute towards reducing freight emissions by encouraging modal shift of heavy cargo off road/rail and onto “The Blue Highway.” Coastal shipping can also bring increased resilience to supply chains in times of natural disaster or disruption. For example, during the Kaikoura and Christchurch earthquakes, truck movement was impeded, and coastal shipping maintained goods trafficking throughout the islands. Reduced truck movement can also improve road safety.
Ben Pike, Chief Operating Officer of Swire Shipping. Adds that: “Aside from the additional capacity offered, the increased frequency of port calls will help to smooth the flow of cargo volume through the New Zealand domestic supply chain and take pressure off pack and devan sites. In the long run, we believe that this will contribute to a more resilient and sustainable coastal shipping network.”