About Sea Swift

Sea Swift is Northern Australia’s largest shipping company, and has provided essential services and project freight in the region since 1987. Sea Swift operates throughout Northern Australia’s remote coastal and island communities, with an extensive distribution network across Far North Queensland and the Northern Territory. Sea Swift continues to grow as a company and forge new markets, including the recently-launched international shipping service between Singapore and Western Australia. Sea Swift is ideally positioned to support, assist and deliver to customers, from individuals to large national and international corporations.
Board of Directors and Executive
Steve Boulton
Chairman
Paul DeSouza
Director
Leisel Moorhead
Director
David Jackson
Director
Kim Gillis
Director
Mark Hope
Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services Executive
Peter Domenighini
General Manager of Operations - Queensland
Scott Ezzy
General Manager of Operations - Northern Territory
Andrea Ferrier
General Manager – People & Culture
Companies we’ve helped
History
1970s
1980-1987
1987
1990
1994
1998
2002
2008
2013
2016
2019
2020

1970s

  • Sid Faithfull was a seafood processor trading as Point Seafoods, Karumba.
  • Identified an opportunity to mothership to the trawler fleet to allow them to stay at sea catching, while their fuel/food/water/packaging was brought to them and their catch transported to market and waste taken away.
  • Acquired the Carlock and re-fitted it to become Sea Swift’s inaugural mothership vessel

Image: Sea Swift vessels, including original vessels Carlock (tug) and Captain Tom (barge), alongside Point Seafoods in Karumba.

1980-1987

  • Point Seafoods – based in Karumba – serviced the fishing fleet in the Gulf of Carpentaria with original vessels Carlock (tug) and Captain Tom (dumb barge)
  • Emu Bay introduced as the next vessel – a self-propelled hopper barge converted to a fishery support vessel.
  • In 1984, the tug Willara and bulk fuel barge 1203 came into service.

Image: Sea Swift Temperature Control Facility in 1987 (Freezer/Chiller)

1987

  • Contract secured for delivery of fuel to Cape York and Torres Strait communities
  • Original service by landing barge Karunda
  • Company name change from Faithfull Management to Sea Swift Pty Ltd
  • Operational base moved from Karumba to Cairns
  • Emu Bay commences a fishery support service from Cairns to the Torres Strait
  • Molunat (heavy lift ship) purchased and converted to sail Cairns to Thursday Island/Seisia delivering coastal cargo
  • Sea Swift awarded State stores contract to deliver essential goods to Lockhart River, Thursday Island and Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) communities

1990

  • Trinity Bay (ex-Leichhardt) commenced operation from Cairns to Thursday Island and Seisia on alternate weeks with the Molunat

1994

  • Molunat converted to a livestock vessel operating internationally
  • Trinity Bay commences weekly schedule to take up Molunat schedule

1998

  • Faseco 103, a laid up sand dredge purchased in South Korea, sailed to Philippines for conversion to cargo vessel to replace original Trinity Bay

2002

  • Sea Swift acquires Brambles North Queensland shipping assets
  • This transaction adds an additional seven vessels to the fleet

2008

  • Sea Swift acquires Endeavour shipping assets

2013

  • Sea Swift purchases Tiwi Barge Service and commences coastal cargo operations to Northern Territory remote communities, and Gove and Groote Eylandt, which adds an additional two vessels.

2016

  • Sea Swift acquires Toll Marine North Queensland and Northern Territory coastal shipping assets, which adds an additional four vessels

2019

  • QGIF enters into a contract to acquire 100 percent of the Sea Swift business to continue the growth of the company.

2020

  • Sea Swift launches its first scheduled international shipping service between Dampier in Western Australia and Singapore, appointing GAC as principal carrier agent.
Our Vision
What we aspire to be ...
Regional Australia's leading sustainable supply chain enabler.
Our Purpose

Who we are, what we do.

Curators of sustainable value and economic prosperity for our customers and regions.

Our Values

These values are at the core of our Sea Swift community:

RESILIENT

You will see us:

  • Lead by positive example
  • Share the tasks to help achieve outcomes
  • Dedicated to delivering solutions
  • Go the extra mile to support our customers
  • Work together as a team and commit to serving our customers.

 

INNOVATIVE

You will see us:

  • Committed to improving our practices where we see the opportunity
  • Provide solution-based outcomes
  • Embrace transformation together to enrich the solutions we reach
  • Be flexible to fulfil the changing needs of our customers, shareholders and strategic partners.
ACCOUNTABLE

You will see us:

  • Responsible for the standards we walk past
  • Care for the safety and wellbeing of those around us with authenticity
  • Committed to deliver high-end service
  • Take ownership together
  • Collaborate to ensure our solutions reflect the diversity we value.
TRUSTWORTHY

You will see us:

  • Provide an increased sense of belonging and connection in our workplace
  • Champion and drive commitment to ensure Sea Swift is a great place to work
  • Provide reliable service to the communities that we service by maintaining a regular schedule
  • Support our people and our customers by providing industry leadership
  • Provide a safe environment for our people and customers.
Safety

Safety is our top priority at Sea Swift.

We operate in some of the most remote and pristine areas of northern Australia, and the safety of our employees, our clients, the people around us, and the natural environment we operate in is of paramount importance to us.

Sea Swift’s business operations comply with the latest national and international shipping regulations and standards, with Health, Safety, Environment and Quality being key drivers for the organisation.

Our objective is to be the leader in marine industry safety.

Sea Swift has achieved the following accreditation:

OHSAS 18001

Occupational Health &
Safety Standard

Through a dedicated HSEQ team and a readily accessible platform across marine and shoreside employees, contractors and visitors.

AS/NZS 4801

Occupational Health &
Safety Management Systems

Through best practice design, implementation and training both internal and external with continued statistical reporting to achieve excellence.

ISO 14001

Environmental
Management

Vital when operating in and through the Great Barrier Reef, the Torres Strait, the Arafura Sea, remote Northern Territory, and across northern Australia. Our key environmental challenges are energy conservation, waste management, and hydrocarbon management.

ISO 9001

Quality Management
System

Through a range of customer and operational interfaces to ensure our service aligns with all required legislation and best practice. Some key aspects for accreditation include food safety control, on-time performance, stowage averages, and customer planning and delivery.

HACCP

Food Safety Management

Implementation of best practices and systems, by applying the Codex Alimentarius HACCP Principles. Continuous training of staff to hold high regard for food safety and quality preservation, and a strong focus on customer service and satisfaction. This renowned risk management technique has built a robust quality assurance environment into our business.