Primary NT freight vessel back at sea after $2m refit

17 January 2019

Sea Swift is pleased to announce it has completed a $2 million refit of its Territorian vessel to maintain essential freight services and supply to the major coastal and island communities in the Northern Territory.

Refit works on the vessel included sections of plate renewal, refit of the propellors, shafts and rudders, blast and paint of the hull above and below the water line (including the superstructure), as well as main engine rebuilds and machinery overhauls.

Sea Swift Chief Operating Officer Lino Bruno said the significant investment in the Territorian reinforced the high importance the company places on maintaining its extensive fleet of 30 vessels to meet customer expectations.

“We are committed to maintaining our vessels to a very high standard to avoid costly breakdowns and interruptions to community schedules,” said Mr Bruno.

“The provision of essential services to remote communities requires significant investment in our fleet of assets, and Sea Swift prides itself on a 99.5% on-time delivery across our services in Northern Australia.

“The refit of the Territorian will underpin our status as the region’s number one choice in marine transport.”

During the refit docking, the Territorian was replaced by another company-owned vessel, the Kerema Chief.

“Despite the return of the Territorian, the Kerema Chief will continue to remain in the Northern Territory and support our network of services across the region,” said Mr Bruno.

“The vessel will also complement our vessel charter fleet, and is available for charter for projects of all sizes.”

Mr Bruno said Sea Swift has a proud record of supporting local communities through its extensive fleet services.

“Sea Swift has been proudly servicing remote communities in the Northern Territory for over 50 years through the acquisition of Tiwi Barge Services and the assets of Toll/Perkins Shipping, and we’re always striving to improve our services,” he added.

Sea Swift operates throughout the region’s remote coastal and island communities, with depots in Darwin, Gove and Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory, and Cairns, Weipa, Seisia, Horn Island, and Thursday Island in Queensland.

Sea Swift has many years of experience providing essential services and project freight in Northern Australia with more than 400 staff and 30 vessels, and makes a significant contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the region.

PHOTO: Before, during, and after the Territorian’s $2 million refit.