Swire Shipping has launched a service between Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Seattle in Washington, USA.

The service has a transit time between 16 and 18 days and has been launched in partnership with UWL

“In joining forces with UWL, an innovative and integrated logistics provider to American beneficial cargo owners, we are confident that our ocean express solution will be compelling to importers and exporters who need a direct port to port, fast and reliable service between Vietnam and the Pacific Northwest,” said Rufus Frere-Smith, regional head, Americas, Swire Shipping. “We have deployed new state of the art, fuel efficient vessels that will sail at high speed, safely and sustainably.”

Schedules are published six months in advance, with two sailings per month. Priority berthing has also been secured at both Seattle and Vietnam, while 6,000 new containers are also available as part of a dedicated equipment pool for shippers in Ho Chi Minh City.

The launch of the service also marks Swire Shipping’s efforts to fortify its presence in the West Coast. It recently expanded its partnership with SSA for terminal services in Seattle, having already teamed up with the latter for the Polynesia Line service.

Further afield, it has also inked partnerships with Ho Chi Minh-based SP-ITC – a key container terminal and main gateway for international shipments into the city – as well as with Ben Line Agencies, a provider of maritime and logistics services in Asia and Australia.