The service will see Swire Shipping deploy two new S-Class multipurpose vessels of 30,000 dwt each, while AAL will deploy two A-Class heavylift vessels. The two carriers will remain independent with separate commercial and operations functions.
Port rotations will be optimised with calls in all the key Asian and Australian ports. The load ports are Tianjin, Qingdao and Shanghai in China; Incheon and Busan in South Korea; Kaohsiung in Taiwan; Phu My in Vietnam. Destination ports are Brisbane, Newcastle, Melbourne, Geelong and Bell Bay in Australia.
Additional ports including Dalian, Kobe, Townsville, Mackay and Portland are available on inducement.
AAL pointed out that the shortened voyages and focused port selection will improve transit times on individual voyages. Sailing frequency is set to improve from a number of key ports, such as Shanghai, Busan and Kaohsiung, from 30 days to 20 days.