Swire Shipping will operate a new direct service connecting Singapore and Northwest Australia from June, carrying containerized, oversized and bulk cargo.
The service is made up of two loops: the first will serve Singapore, Darwin, Port Hedland and will operate with a transit time of 12 days from Singapore to Port Hedland; the second loop will operate from Singapore to Dampier, with a transit time of nine days.
It is hoped that the direct connections will allow Swire Shipping customers in the region to better plan their inventory and manage their supply chains more efficiently.
Customers who previously relied on domestic transport via the Fremantle Gateway now have an additional option to transport goods to / from Northwest Australia.
Randy Selvaratnam, Managing Director of Swire Shipping for the Pacific, said: “Over the past few years we have made significant investments to improve our product offerings and provide more direct connections to save our customers time. “
The loop between Singapore and Port Hedland aims to reduce the overall carbon footprint of freight delivery on current modes of transport.
Previously, to transport goods between the two ports, customers had to ship their cargo from Singapore to Fremantle before using domestic transport to Port Hedland.
The new direct connection will reduce carbon emissions by up to 35,000 tonnes per year, the equivalent of greenhouse gas emissions produced by 7,600 passenger vehicles in one year.
Selvaratnam added, “In addition to deploying modern and environmentally friendly vessels, we are also looking for innovative ways to minimize our carbon footprint as part of our decarbonization journey.
“This is one of the many steps we are taking to reduce overall carbon emissions and meet our long-term goal of decarbonization.”
The carrier will deploy a 7602 DWT multipurpose vessel, the MV Souni, on loop 1 of the service (Singapore – Darwin – Port Hedland – Singapore).
On loop 2 (Singapore – Dampier – Singapore), Swire Shipping will have access to the slot MV Karratha Bay, a 7,520 DWT vessel operated by SeaSwift.