Swire Shipping has announced a new North-West Australia direct service (NWD) starting June 2021. It will offer a direct connection between Singapore and North West Australia and consist of two loops:
- Loop 1: Singapore, Darwin, Port Hedland – transit time of 12 days from Singapore to Port Hedland
- Loop 2: Singapore to Dampier – transit time of nine days.
Shippers who previously relied on inland transport through the Fremantle gateway can take advantage of this additional option to transport cargo to/from North-West Australia.
Said Mr Randy Selvaratnam, Swire Shipping’s 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.”
Swire Shipping will deploy a geared 7,602DWT multi-purpose 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 7,520DWT vessel operated by SeaSwift. Both vessels are capable of carrying containerised, out-of-gauge and breakbulk cargo.
Source: Swire Shipping