SWIRE Shipping has introduced the Pacific Weekly Express (PWX) service.

The company said it is a new fixed-day weekly service that connects South-East Asia, Europe, India, and the Middle East with Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.

The new service operates on a seven-day frequency to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, and Fiji, with connections in Fiji and Nouméa to the Pacific Islands of Tonga, Vanuatu, Samoa, American Samoa, and Tahiti.

PWX combines and expands two existing services. It supersedes the existing Southeast Asia (SEA) and East Southeast Asia (ESEA) services.

Swire Shipping chief operating officer Ben Pike said the new service would bring value to Swire’s customers and help to support communities and trade in the region.

“We believe it is our duty to support our customers’ supply chains with best-in-class liner services,” he said.

“With this in mind, we are pleased to introduce a significant upgrade to our network by including more fixed-day weekly and fixed-day fortnightly products in our key markets.”

Swire Shipping said the introduction of the PWX service enables it to upgrade its Papua New Guinea (PNG) Service (serving Australia to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands) to a fixed-day fortnightly service.