SWIRE Bulk is launching its first liner service between South East Asia and Europe, with one or two vessels deployed on a monthly rotation.

The new service will load cargo in Amamapare, Indonesia; Singapore; and Dahej, India before sailing to Huelva, Spain; Antwerp, Belgium; and Brunsbüttel, Germany for discharge operations.

Swire Bulk said customers will have the flexibility to request additional port calls at countries between South East Asia and Europe.

Launched by Swire Bulk’s parcelling division, the new service offering focuses on commodities such as plywood and other forestry products, steels, project cargo and renewables, bagged and industrial commodities and dry bulk parcels.

Eskandar Akram, head of Swire Bulk’s parcelling division, said the one-stop service in the carriage of bulk and unitised cargo would be simple and cost-effective.

“The launch of this new liner parcelling service offers a greater level of reliability combined with flexible, bespoke port-to-port solutions,” he said.


Swire Bulk commercial director Rob Aarvold said the South East Asia to Europe parcelling service is the second liner trade the company has launched this year.

“The past year has seen an increase in demand for options to move non-bulk and unitised cargoes on dry bulk vessels, which has been supported by a bullish dry bulk market and a shift in the unitised sector towards de-containerisation,” Mr Aarvold said.

“Swire Bulk is confident that we have the right fleet – modern, fuel-efficient, and flexible – and an experienced, knowledgeable team to meet the demand and respond to customers’ needs.

“At the same time, sustainability and safety remain a priority for the business.”

Mr Aarvold said Swire Bulk aims to always consider the environmental impact of its operations.

“Innovation in terms of our owned vessels’ ship design and the cargoes we carry – both on deck and in the cargo holds – has allowed us to materially reduce the carbon emissions per tonne of cargo, and thus our energy efficiency operational indicator rating over the last six years.

“Safety is our guiding principle, and Swire Bulk will never compromise on safety at sea or onshore.”