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Sea Swift provides economic boost for Gove

Posted: Thu, February 27, 2014

BOOST FOR THE REGION: Sea Swift has started services to Gove. Picture courtesy Sea Swift

NORTHERN Land Council Chairman, Samuel Bush-Blanasi, has praised marine transport provider Sea Swift for its commitment to the people of Gove.

Sea Swift has begun a weekly service to Nhulunbuy via Darwin, providing local freight to the community and local businesses, as well as larger organisations such as Woolworths.

Sea Swift has set up a Darwin office and depot, and has expanded its provision of services into the Northern Territory, with additional scheduled weekly services following the arrival of new vessels in Darwin.

Mr Bush-Blanasi said the organisation’s commitment was a major plus for the region, and the new service has been welcomed by traditional owners.

“The manner in which the arrangement with Sea Swift was concluded demonstrates that the Land Rights Act and agreements brokered through its processes (including with traditional owner consent – in this case the area in question is on Gumatj land) can be concluded quickly and efficiently to support economic development and, importantly, to provide support to efforts to reduce costs for businesses in the Nhulunbuy region,” he said.

Sea Swift has more than 25 years of experience providing essential services and project freight across northern Australia.

The company entered the Northern Territory market 12 months ago with two vessels and 15 staff, and is now at 11 vessels and 105 staff.

Sea Swift Northern Territory General Manager Chris Sheppard said Sea Swift’s rapid expansion in the Territory was due to demand and customer satisfaction, with outstanding, reliable customer service a key part of its customer service delivery promise.

“The Gove community has been doing it a bit rough recently, and times are certainly tough at the moment,” said Mr Sheppard.

“But it’s in times like these that the community and businesses need to pull together, and Sea Swift is keen to play a major part in that.”

Mr Sheppard said the Gove community had been wanting another barge service for many years.

“The feedback we’ve received is that the local community has been crying out for a second freight service for quite some time,” he said.

“We see a strong future for Gove, and are here to provide long overdue competition to the local sea freight market.

“Our message to the local Gove community is that we’re here to serve you, and to help you in any way we can.”

Sea Swift is also one of the largest employers in Northern Australia with more than 400 staff and 30+ vessels, and makes a significant contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across northern Australia.

Sea Swift now services 16 remote Northern Territory communities, including:

• Tiwi Islands – Nguiu, Paru, Garden Point, Snake Bay
• Nhulunbuy (Gove Peninsula)
• Minjilang (Croker Island)
• Warruwi (Goulburn Island)
• Maningrida
• Milinigimbi
• Ramingining
• Elcho Island
• Lake Evella
• Groote Eylandt (Alyangula, Angurugu and Umbukumba)
• Bickerton Island
• Numbulwar.

• If you have a freight enquiry and would like to speak to Sea Swift, contact its Darwin office on (08) 8935 2400 or email ntsales@seaswift.com.au

• For more information on Sea Swift, visit www.seaswift.com.au