Northern Australia shipping company Sea Swift has partnered with Woolworths to help stock shelves for Far North Queensland residents struggling with food supply issues following last week’s flooding in the region.
A disaster situation has been declared in Ingham by the State Government after more than 600mm of rain fell in just four days last week, leading to the Bruce Highway being cut off.
This meant Woolworths food trucks were unable to move regular food supplies from the south into communities in the Cairns region.
Sea Swift responded by loading a charter vessel with food containers in Townsville, with the vessel arriving in Cairns over the weekend and allowing Woolworths supermarket shelves across Cairns to remain stocked.
“With the flood situation in Ingham and subsequent Bruce Highway closure, Sea Swift has been working with Woolworths to keep essential food supplies moving,” said Sea Swift Chief Executive Officer Fred White.
“We mobilised a vessel to Townsville which was loaded with containers overnight on Friday, and arrived in Cairns on Saturday afternoon.
“This was an additional vessel we had brought in to support our North Queensland services, meaning our scheduled services from Cairns into the Torres Strait and Cape communities remain on schedule.
“Sea Swift has a proud record of supporting local communities, and by going the extra mile to ensure residents have access to food supplies shows our capability and commitment to the region.
“We realise that Sea Swift isn’t just a passer-by in severe weather events like the ones we’ve experienced, and we’re glad to have been able to help in difficult times and keep supermarket shelves full.”
Sea Swift has more than 30 years of experience providing essential shipping services and project freight across the region with more than 400 staff and 30 vessels, and makes a significant contribution to communities across northern Australia.
For more information, visit www.seaswift.com.au