The first voyage under the new arrangement left Mumbai port yesterday, with the initial departure of the Nordana Emilie from Jebel Ali in Dubai.
Cargos will be loaded at the ports of Jebel Ali, Mumbai, Chennai, Dammam and Kolkotam, and are destined for ports in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Fiji, the Australian east coast, Darwin, East Timor and New Zealand, via Singapore.
Swire commercial manager William Arblaster said the collaboration gave customers another shipping solution to deliver "multipurpose cargo needs" and "enhances our network coverage by providing a regular break-bulk service out of India and the Middle East into the South Pacific".
The company further added that the Pacific Rim was a key focus area for its operations and that it was committed to high-quality shipping services for customers in the region.
Rickmers-Linie global sales and marketing director Gerhard Janssen echoed this view, saying he looked forward to a fruitful relationship with its partner.
"Since our vessels from Europe to the Middle East and India continue to Singapore, this cooperation offers an increased range of destinations and loading ports on offer to customers of both Swire and Rickmers-Linie," he said.