August 14 - Swire Shipping, the liner shipping division of The China Navigation Company, has strengthened its Pacific network with the launch of the new Asia Pacific Australasia ("APA") service operating between North, East and South-East Asia, Australia

The APA Service operates three modern 34,000 dwt multipurpose vessels on a monthly frequency and is capable of carrying a wide range of breakbulk and general cargoes including project parcels and containers, says Swire Shipping.

The direct ports of call are Inchon, Qingdao, Xingang, Shanghai, Kaohsiung, Sri Racha (Thailand), Singapore, Jakarta, Papua New Guinea (Motukea or Port Moresby), Brisbane, Newcastle, Melbourne, Tauranga and Wellington.

"We are delighted to confirm the deployment of these modern, high spec vessels which reinforces our long term commitment to our customers in the Pacific region," commented Toby Smith, general manager for Swire Shipping. "APA enhances Swire Shipping's extensive network of regional, multipurpose, liner services and specifically provides new direct breakbulk coverage to and from key ports in North Asia including Inchon, Qingdao and Xingang."

Randy Selvaratnam, regional manager for Swire Shipping in New Zealand added "The APA service not only provides our customers with a brand new direct link between Asia-Pacific and Australia, it also expands Swire Shipping's coverage of the New Zealand market by increasing our frequency to five multipurpose voyages per month between New Zealand and key markets in the Asia-Pacific region."