Swire Shipping, the liner shipping division of The China Navigation Company (CNCo), is enhancing its North Asia-Pacific multipurpose liner service.
The improvements will see additions of direct calls to Qingdao and Nuku’alofa along with connecting Qingdao, Busan and Yokohama to the South Pacific.
According to Swire Shipping the upgraded service is set to start from January 2016.
Jeremy Sutton, Swire Shipping’s General Manager for Liner Trades, said, “The Pacific Rim is a key market to Swire Shipping. With the additional port calls, we are now the only multipurpose liner operator connecting China to the South Pacific. We will be boosting our services by increasing our carrying capacity for both breakbulk and containerised cargo.”
The upgraded service connects mainland China to the South Pacific with direct port calls to Suva and Lautoka. In addition, it offers fast transit times to the South Pacific ports of Majuro, Tarawa, Pago Pago, Apia, Nuku’alofa and Santo.
To complement the service, Swire Shipping said it will be increasing the carrying capacity on these routes to cater to breakbulk, project and containerised cargo.
The enhanced port rotation will include direct calls to Qingdao, China and Nuku’alofa, Tonga.
The port rotation will be Shimizu (Japan), Qingdao, Busan (South Korea), Yokohama (Japan), Majuro (Marshall Islands), Tarawa (Kiribati), Pago Pago (American Samoa), Apia (Samoa), Nuku’alofa, Suva (Fiji), Lautoka (Fiji), Santo (Vanuatu), Honiara (Solomon Islands), Tarawa (Kiribati), Majuro (Marshall Islands) and Shimizu (Japan).