The 2,750 teu Lae Chief and two sister vessels will be the largest container vessels to call in Papua New Guinea.
The Lae Chief made its maiden call in Shanghai on 5 November, followed by Ningbo, Nansha and Hong Kong, and is now sailing to Lae, Port Moresby and Townsville.
The vessel is equipped with three 45 tonne cranes capable of dual lifts and can carry breakbulk, out-of-gauge, reefers and vehicle cargoes.
“This is a proud moment for Swire Shipping, not only because we have launched the fixed-day fortnightly service from North Asia to Papua New Guinea and Australia, but also because we have done this by deploying these owned, modern and eco-friendly vessels,” said Jeremy Sutton, general manager of Swire Shipping.
“By deploying these new ships on our upgraded service, customers will enjoy a more frequent product, delivered on fixed-days and with the ability for future growth.”
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