Multipurpose liner operators Swire Shipping and Rickmers-Linie have agreed to offer a joint monthly project and breakbulk service from India and the Middle East to the South Pacific.
The new offering is based on connecting calls of both carriers at Singapore, where cargoes will be transloaded.
Rickmers-Linie will cater for the Middle East/India-to-Singapore leg through space on its charter vessels heading eastbound and Swire Shipping will load the cargoes at Singapore for delivery to discharge ports in Papua New Guinea, New Caledona, Fiji, eastern Australia, East Timor, and New Zealand.
All in all, 12 new port connections between the Middle East/India and the South Pacific region are going to be offered, the carriers said. The maximum cargo weight to be accepted is 120 tonnes.
“This co-operation offers an increased range of destinations and loading ports for customers of both Swire Shipping and Rickmers-Linie. We are looking forward to a fruitful co-operation,” said Rickmers-Linie’s director of global sales and marketing, Gerhard Janssen.
The first sailing ex-Mumbai is scheduled for 9 June, and the first sailing from Jebel Ali will be on 28 June.