Sea Swift officially launches ‘game-changing’ vessel Newcastle Bay

17 October 2023

Sea Swift, Northern Australia’s premier shipping company, today (17 October) officially launched its highly-anticipated vessel, the Newcastle Bay, in front of key stakeholders in Cairns.

The Newcastle Bay promises to be a game-changer for remote coastal communities in Far North Queensland, providing crucial freight support for the transportation of essential and non-essential goods across the region.

Guests including valued customers, local businesses, Sea Swift Board and staff, and government officials attended the official launch event, held at Wharf 7, Dutton St.

The vessel, which recently arrived in Cairns after successful sea trials, marks a significant milestone in Sea Swift’s commitment to serving the unique needs of Northern Australia.

Measuring just shy of 100 meters in length and capable of reaching a maximum speed of 16 knots, the Newcastle Bay is poised to revolutionise Sea Swift’s freight capabilities.

This purpose-built vessel will be deployed to meet schedules between Cairns and the Torres Strait, also playing a vital role in ensuring food and essential deliveries reach the OTSI region.

In further exciting news, Sea Swift Chairman Steve Boulton revealed the Newcastle Bay will be operational earlier than expected, with service commencing later this month after final safety checks have been completed.

“This is a very exciting day for not only everyone at Sea Swift, but communities across the region,” said Mr Boulton.

“We’re investing in the future, and the Newcastle Bay will significantly increase our cargo capacity, especially during Northern Queensland’s wet season,” said Mr Boulton.

“We are proud to be able to serve the communities that rely on us, and we believe this amazing new vessel will bring a positive change to their lives.”

The official launch event marked the beginning of a new era for Sea Swift and its dedication to serving the unique and remote communities of Far North Queensland.

“We enjoyed celebrating this milestone today with our valued customers and partners,” added Mr Boulton.

Newcastle Bay – key facts

Length: 99.98 meters

Width: 18 meters

Power: 3000kw @ 600rpm

Cruise Speed: 13 knots @ 85% MCR

Top Speed: 16 knots

Bow Thruster: 690kw

Container Capacity: 200

Cargo Space: 900m³