Pacifica Shipping’s second freight service launched

Friday 23 Sep 2022

Pacifica Shipping earlier confirmed the launch date of its second New Zealand coastal freight service beginning this month. The 1300 TEU container vessel MV Takutai Chief began operations on September 19 on a fixed-day weekly service calling Auckland, Lyttelton, Tauranga, and Timaru or Marsden Point on alternating weeks.

It complements the existing New Zealand inter-island domestic freight services provided by the company’s MV Moana Chief. With the two vessels deployed in tandem on the coast, Pacifica Shipping will service Auckland, Lyttelton and Tauranga twice a week on a market-leading three and a half-day frequency.

Line manager Jan-Hendrik Hintz says Pacifica Shipping is now better equipped to meet the growing demand for coastal services. They will provide reliable inter-island domestic freight delivery and increased coverage to regional ports, such as the fortnightly fixed-day call to Timaru, Hintz says.

Chief operating officer Ben Pike says aside from the additional capacity offered, “the increased frequency of port calls will help to smooth the flow of cargo volume through the New Zealand domestic supply chain and take pressure off pack and devan sites. In the long run, we believe that this will contribute to a more resilient and sustainable coastal shipping network,” Pike says.

Source: transporttalk

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