Swire Shipping's newbuild MV Lae Chief serve newly upgraded NAX service
SWIRE Shipping has deployed its first 2,750 TEU newbuild, MV Lae Chief, on its newly upgraded North Asia Express (NAX) service
SWIRE Shipping has deployed its first 2,750 TEU newbuild, MV Lae Chief, on its newly upgraded North Asia Express (NAX) service.
Launching the new fixed-day fortnightly service with her maiden voyage, the vessel made her first port call in Shanghai on November 5, 2020. She made subsequent port calls in Ningbo, Nansha and Hong Kong, and is currently on her way to make port calls in Lae, Port Moresby and Townsville before returning to Shanghai.
The new 2,750 TEU vessel is fitted with three 45mt cranes capable of dual lifts, ensuring that they are well-equipped to carry all cargo types, including breakbulk, out of gauge and reefers. With strengthened tank tops, the MV Lae Chief is also capable of carrying breakbulk such as steel and forest products, as well as vehicles up to 70 tonnes.
The MV Lae Chief and her sister vessels will be Swire Shipping's largest container vessels calling in Papua New Guinea. Swire Shipping will deploy three newbuilds on the upgraded NAX service, offering its customers and the communities it serves a reliable fixed-day product that will support continued growth in the region.
'This is a proud moment for Swire Shipping, not only because we have launched the fixed-day fortnightly service from North Asia to Papua New Guinea and Australia, but also because we have done this by deploying these owned, modern and eco-friendly vessels,' said Mr Jeremy Sutton, General Manager of Swire Shipping, reports Hellenic Shipping News.
'By deploying these new ships on our upgraded service, customers will enjoy a more frequent product, delivered on fixed-days and with the ability for future growth.'