Northern Australia shipping company Sea Swift has bolstered its network capacity in the Northern Territory with the acquisition of a high-quality 64-metre landing craft.
The vessel – currently named Kerema Chief (soon to be renamed) – is a double-hulled geared vessel that will increase fleet capacity in the region by approximately 68 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) and 1,500 DWTs (deadweight tonnes).
Sea Swift Chief Operating Officer Lino Bruno said the introduction of the new vessel will set record-breaking standards in marine transport in the NT.
“Our valued customers deserve the best and they should see an immediate reduction in offloads,” said Mr Bruno.
“Our expanded fleet and regular services to all communities is second to none, and in fact is now the most capacity ever provided to NT communities in the history of scheduled weekly barge services in the region.
“Through the acquisition of Tiwi Barge services and the assets of Toll Perkins Shipping, Sea Swift has over 50 years of service in the Northern Territory.
“We employ many Territorians across all divisions and support local suppliers in all areas of our operations.
“Our aim is to provide services and linkages not just for this month, or this year, but for the long-term.
“I’d like to thank our customers, suppliers and staff for their continued support, and know this vessel will further enhance service levels across the region.”
Sea Swift has depots in Darwin, Groote Eylandt and Gove, as well as in Far North Queensland, and continues to expand its provision of services into the Northern Territory.
Last year, Sea Swift joined forces with East Arnhem Regional Council to help reduce landfill waste and increase recycling in the Northern Territory’s remote island communities.
Sea Swift transports recycling materials from the East Arnhem Land communities (including Gove, Groote Eylandt, Bickerton, Umbakumba, Elcho Island, Lake Evella, Milingimbi and Ramingining)
back to Darwin for processing at no cost to Council.
The initiative aims to reduce the combined 215,641m² area of all landfills in East Arnhem communities, and help the Council reach their target of 25 per cent waste recycled by 2020 and 50 per cent by 2025.
Mr Bruno said Sea Swift’s philosophy has always been to support every community where it operates.
“We have always understood the importance of supporting local communities, because we realise that a company like Sea Swift isn’t just a passive passer-by,” he said.
“The communities where we operate rely on the services we provide, and giving back is a core value of our company.”
Sea Swift is one of the largest employers 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.
For more information on Sea Swift, visit www.seaswift.com.au