Swire Shipping is offering a fixed-day fortnightly service, connecting North Asia with Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Australia.

The newly upgraded North Asia Express (NAX) service will start from November to offer customers improved convenience and increased frequency to their key markets.

Swire Shipping will deploy 2,750 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) newbuild ships to support the newly upgraded service, which will connect North Asia with PNG and Australia in 14 days.

Customers are expected to have a nine-day transit time from Hong Kong SAR to Lae on the north coast of PNG.

Apart from the 2,750 TEU newbuild ship, Swire Shipping will also deploy MV Lae Chief, which will be delivered this month.

The vessel features 45t cranes that can carry all cargo types, including breakbulk, out of gauge and reefers.

Swire Shipping general manager Jeremy Sutton said: “Our significant investment in modern vessels and improving schedule reliability underpins our commitment to enriching lives by connecting our customers with the communities in the Pacific.

“This service upgrade will enable Swire Shipping’s customers to improve their supply chain efficiency and inventory management from both an import and export perspective. Swire Shipping has been a leading provider of shipping solutions in the Pacific region for more than 80 years and I am confident that these new changes over the next few months will enable us to serve our customers even better than before.”

The NAX service, which was launched in July 2015, seeks to provide a direct link between North Asia, Townsville and Lae in PNG.

Swire Shipping is the brand name for all liner shipping services operated by The China Navigation Company. It connects 400 ports through a network of services in the Asia-Pacific and globally.