Kanoo Shipping, the Middle East agents for Swire Shipping, has announced the commencement of Swire Shipping's Middle East Service (MES) linking the US Gulf and US East Coast with Dammam and Jebel Ali in the Arabian Gulf.
The new MES service will be operated on a monthly frequency with two self-geared 30,000 dwt (deadweight tonnes) multi-purpose, tween-deck vessels capable of handling heavy lift cargo of up to 200m tonnes.
"With the new service, Swire Shipping will offer direct port calls into and from the Arabian Gulf with two dedicated multi-purpose vessels," said John Drinkwater, Shipping Manager – the UAE and Oman, Kanoo Shipping.
He said the vessels used have heavy lift capabilities to service the growing project and breakbulk cargo segments in the region.
"We are confident this service will do well as it offers our customers connectivity and capacity for their cargo from/to North America and an export service to India," he said.
The two modern multi-purpose vessels, the Pacific Dream and Pacific Destiny, are well equipped to handle and carry bulk, project, heavy lift and container cargoes. The vessel's rotation will be Houston (US Gulf); Saint John (East Canada); Camden (US East Coast); Suez – Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Dammam (Saudi Arabia), Jebel Ali (UAE) - Mumbai (India); Houston (US Gulf); Saint John (East Canada); Camden (US East Coast).