March 16 - Swire Shipping is launching a monthly direct call to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea from New Zealand and Fiji, with effect from May 4, 2016.

The enhanced East South East Asia service will offer an eight-day transit time from New Zealand, plus four direct calls per month from Brisbane, Australia.

It is the only direct service connecting Lautoka and Suva in Fiji to Port Moresby, states Swire Shipping.

The multipurpose vessels Kweilin and Nanchang will support the service upgrade. The ships are capable of carrying containerised, refrigerated, breakbulk and project cargoes.

Jeremy Sutton, Swire Shipping's general manager, liner trades, said: "The introduction of a direct port call from New Zealand and Fiji to Port Moresby further supports Swire Shipping's commitment to the Papua New Guinea community. For our valued customers, this enhancement brings about improved frequency, faster transit time and better coverage."