The ship will be deployed on Swire Shipping’s South East Asia to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands service.
M.V. Changsha is part of a wider orderbook of eight feeder container vessels — four 2,400 TEU and four 2,750 TEU ships — scheduled for delivery in 2020. The vessels are part of the company’s fleet renewal program which began in 2015.
“Like many other companies, we are very concerned about the global situation over CoVid19. However, we are also cognisant that vital supply chains must remain open with as little disruption as possible,” Jeremy Sutton, General Manager at Swire Shipping, commented.
“The economies and livelihoods of the Pacific region are heavily reliant on seaborne trade. Our purpose as a company is to enrich lives by connecting our customers with the communities of the Pacific. The addition of MV Changsha and the remaining newbuilding vessels will enable us to achieve this,” Sutton added.
As the liner shipping division of The China Navigation Company (CNCo), Swire Shipping provides several high-frequency liner shipping services in the Asia Pacific markets and specializes in providing a wide range of solutions for project, heavy lift, refrigerated, breakbulk and mini bulk cargoes.