New Zealand domestic container operator Pacifica Shipping is taking over a feeder container ship from parent company Swire Shipping in a move the companies say will facilitate a more resilient and sustainable coastal shipping network.

Joining the Pacifica fleet it’s Swire’s 1,300-teu Lihir Chief (built 2010), which is to be renamed Takutai Chief before commencing operations out of Auckland on 19 September.