Swire Shipping expands service offerings to enhance efficiency, reduce emissions

Swire Shipping

Lae Chief calling Townsville carrying mine supply and bulk commodities.

Swire Shipping has expanded its capabilities with a new direct service in North West Australia that offers customers a connection between  ports globally and the Pilbara region.

The direct service is made up of two loops from Singapore to Port Hedland and Dampier. It operates with a transit time of nine days between Singapore and Dampier, and 12 days between Singapore and Port Hedland. Swire Shipping can offer customers international shipments on the single booking to/from most safe ports globally using Singapore a trans-shipment hub.

Swire Shipping’s commercial manager of mining and resources, Stephen Westfield says the Swire-managed vessel, MV SOUNI, will run on a Singapore – Darwin – Port Hedland – Singapore rotation on a 20-day frequency to serve the North Western Australian markets.

In addition to the new direct service, Swire Shipping has formed an agreement with Australian shipping line, SeaSwift, that has an existing service from Dampier to Singapore.

“The Singapore to Dampier service will be operated by the SeaSwift vessel LC KARRATHA BAY on a 20-day frequency between Singapore – Dampier – Singapore where Swire Shipping will have a slot arrangement,” Westfield tells Australian Mining.

“Both service vessels are suitable for containers, refrigerated containers, break bulk and out of gauge up to 80 tons. We can offer cargo shipments from most safe ports globally to and from Port Hedland and Dampier.”

Specialising in niche trades, Westfield says Swire Shipping has  had longstanding relationships with large mining companies  across key markets across the Pacific for many years.

The new direct service  aims to improve shipping in North Western Australia from a cost, sustainability,  safety and community involvement perspective. Our first voyage into the Pilbara calls Port Hedland next Tuesday which we are very excited about.

He says the new direct connections enable customers to better plan their inventory, manage their supply chains and reach their carbon-neutral goals up to 2040.

Customers who previously relied on inland transport through the Fremantle gateway now have an additional option to transport cargo to and from North West Australia.

“The new direct service between Singapore and Port Hedland will also reduce the overall carbon emissions from cargo delivery on current modes of transport by approximately 35,000 tonnes a year, based on moving 12,000 containers a year,” he says.

“It not only reduces downtime within the supply chain, but will also reduce the amount of cargo handling and allow our customers to enjoy cost savings.”

Swire Shipping has a team which is committed to sustainability and eager to work with the industry to calculate the exact benefit of the direct service, with findings made available to share with interested stakeholders and management.

Westfield says due to the company’s long track record in the mining sector, it understands the importance of mine supply and schedule integrity for time critical mining cargoes.

“For the past 30 years, we have worked in the mining industry with large mining contracts across Australia and the Pacific,” he said.

“Our bespoke services to large customers is thanks to our understanding of the importance of mine supply.”

Swire Shipping operates 14 liner services that connect over 400 ports via an extensive network in the Asia-Pacific region and globally.

Through its multi-purpose fleet, Swire Shipping provides a wide range of specialist customer solutions for containerised, project, heavy lift, breakbulk and mini-bulk cargoes.

With an unrelenting commitment to safety, customer service, operational excellence and reliability, Westfield says Swire Shipping is committed to saving its customers’ time.

“Our customers are at the heart of everything we do, and we work closely with them to achieve mutual success – because when you succeed, we succeed,” he says.

With an aim to enhance overall customer experience, Swire Shipping has also expanded its product range to offer landslide logistics services.

The new services include customs clearance, inland transportation services and bespoke project cargo solutions, which will complement its existing liner shipping products.

Mike Arnold, Global Head of Landside Services for Swire Shipping says  “we can provide local expertise and an integrated approach to managing and simplifying complex requirements”.

“Customers will be able to enjoy the convenience of end-to-end deliveries with a single partner as the company can tailor solutions to solve their logistical challenges on sea or land,” Arnold says.

“We are here to take the risk and complexity out of customers’ supply chain, bringing seamless, end-to-end ocean and inland services to their logistics across Australia, the Pacific Islands and beyond.”

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