Singapore’s Swire Shipping has teamed up with Lodestar, the logistics and shipping division of New Zealand’s Oji Fibre Solutions, to offer a joint breakbulk shipping service between New Zealand and North Asia.
The new service offers a monthly frequency carrying pulp, timber and forest product related cargo for major customers, connecting two New Zealand ports Napier and Tauranga, with key Asia ports including Incheon, Qingdao, Lianyungang, Onsan, Tomakomai and Kaohsiung.
Three handy bulkers Glorious Saiki, Furness Portland, and Furness Southern Cross will be deployed for the service.
“Our partnership with Lodestar reinforces our focus on delivering quality and sustainable shipping services for our customers. The service will be the foundation for future innovative solutions, to service New Zealand import and export cargoes. It also underpins our commitment to growing the shipping industry in New Zealand through strategic tie-ups with like-minded partners, offering bigger ships, as well as providing a comprehensive range of shipping solutions that our customers want and need,” said Chris Blake, general manager of projects at Swire Shipping.