Swire to start service to Tasmania

Singapore: The Tasmanian government has chosen Singapore-based Swire Shipping to provide an international freight service to and from Tasmania.

Tasmania has been without an international shipping service since 2011, when Agility Shipping cut its Bell Bay service and during the election campaign, the Tasmanian Liberals promised to lure an international freighter.

According to Rene Hidding, Transport Minister of Tasmania, a memorandum of understanding will be signed in the near future with Swire Shipping.

"A period of market testing will take place before the shipping line finalises arrangements," Hidding said.

Swire is expected to start the service from the container port at Bell Bay in 2015. [26/11/14]

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