Swire Shipping adds vessel to Australian service
The Singaporean Swire Shipping company’s Australia to Pacific Islands service will be serviced by an additional vessel starting mid-December 2022.
Australia to Pacific Islands service will have an increased frequency, with a vessel departing every 14 days, rather than 26. Indeed, the container vessel, Melanesia Chief, will join the container vessel Arkadia on the service. Built in 2008, the Melanesia Chief measures 148 metres in length, and 23 metres in width, with a gross tonnage of 9,957 tonnes. Built in 2001, the Arkadia measures 170 metres in length and 25 metres in width, with a gross tonnage of 15,988 tonnes.
The addition of a second vessel to the service is a result of customer demand. The service will continue providing direct port coverage from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in Australia, to Noumea in New Caledonia, Port Vila in Vanuatu, as well as Lautoka and Suva in Fiji.
Additionally, Swire Shipping‘s transhipment connections from the Eastern Pacific Ports of Apia in Samoa and of Pago Pago in American Samoa, Nuku’alofa in Tonga, and Papeete in French Polynesia will continue to be serviced via Suva in Fiji. The frequency will also be increased to every 14 days, with a reduction in overall transit times.