BANK LINE VESSELS SAID TO CONTINUE PAPUA NEW GUINEA SERVICE

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National/PINA) - Adstream Shipping Agency (PNG) has dismissed reports that Britain's Andrew Weir Shipping will cease its Bank Line Services to Papua New Guinea. 

General manager John Moore said that Andrew Weir Shipping had officially advised them that the Bank Line services would continue calling at Papua New Guinea ports.

Mr Moore said the rumors had been around in local shipping circles for the past couple of months but declined to call names as to who may be responsible for them. 

Bank Line vessels such as Arunbank, Teignbank, Foylebank, and Speybank, are regular callers at the ports of Lae, Rabaul, Kimbe, Madang and Lae.

These vessels are engaged in the shipment of Papua New Guinea's cocoa, coffee, copra and other cash crops overseas.

Mr Moore said the reassurance from Andrew Weir Shipping is good news for Papua New Guinea growers.

In the region, the Bank Line vessels also normally call in at Fiji, New Zealand, Darwin (Australia), Indonesia, and Singapore.

Adsteam Shipping Agency is the largest independent ships agency in Papua New Guinea.

The agency represents companies such as Sofrana Unilines, Paradise Service, Intra-Link and Lloyds of London.

Sofrana Unilines operates services from New Zealand to the West Pacific, including Papua New Guinea. 

In Papua New Guinea, the line¹s vessels Magellan and Kermadec service the ports of Port Moresby, Lae, Rabaul and Lihir.

Paradise Service operates the vessels Pacific Condor and Pacific Falcon to ports between Papua New Guinea and Korea and Japan. Its Papua New Guinea ports of call are usually restricted to Port Moresby and Lae.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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