Ship­ping ser­vices to Fiji and Pa­cific being im­proved

Fiji Sun - - Business - SOURCE: NEP­TUNE PA­CIFIC LINE

The AUSPAC con­sor­tium, made up of Nep­tune Pa­cific Line, Pa­cific Di­rect Line, Pa­cific Fo­rum Line and Sofrana Uni­lines, is up­grad­ing its Pa­cific is­lands service from Aus­tralia to fixed-day-fort­nightly. The up­graded AUSPAC service will pro­vide the best di­rect con­nec­tions from Mel­bourne, Syd­ney and Bris­bane to the South Pa­cific ports. These in­clude Noumea, Port Vila, Lau­toka, Suva, Apia and Pago on the ves­sels Cap­i­taine Tas­man and Fo­rum Pa­cific. Through ne­go­ti­ated win­dows in the main Aus­tralian and is­land ports, the fixed day pat­tern will be ideal for clients trad­ing be­tween Aus­tralia and the is­lands, but also for in­ter-is­land con­nec­tions from Fiji. Be­yond the im­prove­ment of the AUSPAC ded­i­cated service, the part­ners an­nounce they will be en­hanc­ing the con­nec­tiv­ity of their AUSPAC and SOUTHPAC net­works.

The lat­ter, also fixed day, is op­er­ated by the same part­ners of­fer­ing the South­ern Lily fort­nightly from New Zealand to/from Nuku’alofa, Apia, Pago and also the weekly service New Zealand to/from Fiji.

By co­or­di­nat­ing re­spec­tive sched­ules and port win­dows, they will pro­vide all clients in the is­lands, as well as Main Line Op­er­a­tor part­ners, with im­proved con­nec­tions through three strate­gic hubs. These are through Bris­bane for the AUSPAC service, Auck­land for the SOUTHPAC service and Suva for the outer is­lands ser­vices (Wal­lis, Fu­tuna, Fu­na­futi, Nauru, Tarawa, Ma­juro).

The part­ners will al­ter­nate the AUSPAC and SOUTHPAC loops in Western and Amer­i­can Samoa to de­liver weekly ar­rivals. Nep­tune will be up­siz­ing one of their two ships, Cap­i­taine Wal­lis & Cap­i­taine Cook, in the al­ready weekly FIJI FEEDER and will in­tro­duce an al­ter­nat­ing weekly call into Nuku’Alofa into this service. Com­bined, the ser­vices of the re­gional car­ri­ers will be weekly in Fiji, both Samoa’s and Tonga. The im­proved AUSPAC service will start from Novem­ber. The AUSPAC part­ners have ex­tended the em­ploy­ment of the two 13,000dwt geared “R Class” ves­sels. Both ves­sels pro­vide 2 x 40T cranes and 100 reefer plugs. The NZ based changes will also be phased in from Novem­ber.

The re­gional car­ri­ers are cre­at­ing a south pa­cific net­work with­out peer and, to­gether with part­ners’ other ser­vices, will con­nect the South Pa­cific mar­kets to the rest of the world with the fastest and most fre­quent sail­ing op­tions avail­able

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