Swire Shipping struggles to fill ships leaving Hobart

Swire Shipping’s new service connecting Hobart in Tasmania with the Australian mainland is struggling to gain traction with local reports suggesting the service is less than one third full.

The service, which leaves Hobart every nine days, was launched in November, becoming the first direct service from Hobart to the mainland in more than a decade.

The local government in Tasmania withdrew a subsidy for direct shipping services last year.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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