BLUE Water Shipping is launching a new regular liner service between North Asia and Papua New Guinea.

The Kumul Service is to be an extension to the current Blue Water Shipping liner service to Lihir. The new service will extend to Lae.

Blue Water Shipping director, energy ports and projects Oceania Steven Lofaro said there is a growing demand for cargo capacity – particularly for breakbulk cargoes – in and out of Papua New Guinea.

The Kumul service, operating with the MV Gala – a geared multipurpose vessel. enables Blue Water Shipping to provide a regular and efficient solution that can benefit a wide range of industries due to the ability to receive containerised, break-bulk, project and out-of-gauge cargo.

“It is exciting to offer our industry a regular and reliable service,” Mr Lofaro said.

“The solution will help strengthen the supply chain for organisations based in PNG, focusing on optimisation through both the importing and exporting of equipment in and out of PNG.”

The maiden voyage is scheduled to depart from Asia early-December.

The service will offer regular sailings from China, South Korea and Japan into PNG every 30 days.