Sea Swift – Australia’s largest private shipping company – has launched its first international shipping service, between Western Australia and Singapore.
The service sees a dedicated 99-metre vessel – the Karratha Bay – ply Sea Swift’s new route, making an average of two sailings per month between Dampier and Singapore from January 2021.
Sea Swift has appointed integrated shipping, logistics and marine services provider GAC as principal carrier agent under the agreement.
Sea Swift Acting Chief Executive Officer Lino Bruno said the service positions Sea Swift as one of the key remote logistics providers for the continued development of Northern Australia.
“This marks a significant milestone for Sea Swift, and opens the door for increased trade and services across the region, and internationally,” said Mr Bruno.
“Servicing the area directly with a liner service will not only reduce the cost of doing business in the region, but importantly, will significantly reduce the carbon impact on the existing supply chain.
“This service will produce savings for the environment through reduced carbon emissions, saving on freight distance and packaging through the use of containers.”
The service will be based on a roll-on, roll-off (RORO) freight operation model, which will be unique to the Pilbara region.
“Sea Swift is not only highly experienced in serving remote communities, but we are also a highly-experienced RORO ship operator,” said Mr Bruno.
“The RORO service is preferred because it can operate both containers and break-bulk cargo efficiently and achieve fast port turnaround times, for example in just 24 hours, which is essential for a direct international service like this.
“The RORO model has never been operated before in the Pilbara, and is not only fast but also safe, avoiding the need to lift cargo, which is a key safety requirement for some companies.
The new service is a permanent fixture in Sea Swift’s Northern Australia shipping network, and also connect the company’s routes with global freight networks.
“We’re in this for the long-haul, with cost-effective containerisation direct from Asia to the Pilbara for the first time ever,” said Mr Bruno.
“This service allows us to connect the Pilbara to the world, not just Singapore. The world really is now at our customers’ doorstep.”
Under the agreement, GAC will provide complete liner agency services to Sea Swift RORO vessels carrying containerised and breakbulk cargoes between the ports of Singapore and Dampier in Western Australia.
The services include ship agency, husbandry, cargo services with GAC as the main contact point for customers in Singapore, Dampier/Karratha and Fremantle, container sourcing, management and control, port operations, documentation, financial governance, customer care as well as equipment handling.
“Western Australia is home to major resources and petroleum projects, so we anticipate that demand for this direct link between two key hubs will rise steadily to facilitate the transfer of general and breakbulk cargo,” said Henrik Althén, Managing Director of GAC Singapore.
“It is likely to be further bolstered by the growing imports and exports generated by developing economies in Asia, post-COVID-19, with Singapore acting as a transshipment port.”
For further details about the international shipping service between Dampier and Singapore (including bookings):