Swire Project successfully concludes first Arctic voyage

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Swire Projects recently completed its inaugural Arctic voyage, partnering with a Canadian mining company to deliver crucial materials for a mine expansion. The operation utilized the ice-fitted multipurpose vessel Pacific Excellence, boasting a 12,700 DWT and dual 120t cranes, starting from St Lawrence Seaway (Valleyfield) and navigating through the Labrador Sea and Northwest Passage to reach Bathurst Inlet anchorage. Despite the tight timeline and typical operational challenges of Arctic conditions—including 35-knot winds, wildfire smoke, and issues with barge lightering—the collaboration with the client and vendors, underpinned by a partnership approach, was key to overcoming these obstacles. With a strong background in project cargo and breakbulk shipments and a dedicated semi-liner service (NOPAC service) connecting Asia with North America’s West Coast, Swire Projects is well-positioned to support future ventures in the Arctic and beyond.

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