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.

The addition of this ship nearly doubles Pacifica’s fleet teu capacity, which currently consists of a single vessel, the 1,740-teu Moana Chief (built 2011).