Who We Are

Sofrana Unilines is a regional shipping line based in the South Pacific. For almost 50 years we have provided vital shipping links between New Zealand, Australia, and the South Pacific Islands.

The SOciété FRAnçaise de NAvigation had humble beginnings in 1968, shuttling a single small vessel between the French Overseas Territories of New Caledonia and Wallis & Futuna.

Independently or in joint ventures with other lines, today we operate a modern fleet of eleven geared multi-purpose vessels on eight trade-lanes, servicing twenty ports in eleven countries.




What We Do

Sofrana offers tailor-made cargo shipping services to a wide range of clients including large corporate and industrial customers, other shipping lines, freight forwarders, trading houses, small exporters, and private individuals.

Since cargo mode availability can vary, Sofrana will customise a shipping solution for your specific cargo, depending on the trade-lane’s ship specifications and the handling infrastructure available at load and discharge ports.

If you aren’t located near one of Sofrana’s main load ports in New Zealand or Australia, we can arrange intermodal transport via road, rail or coastal shipping to connect with our international services.






Where We Go

Our extensive South Pacific network is shown on the map below. To see details of each individual trade-lane, hover your mouse over the coloured tabs on the right-hand side.

Ports on different trade-lanes can be linked from one service to another via transhipment hubs in New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji. Our Commercial Team can take you through these options in person depending on your specific requirements.

Sofrana can also provide links to ports outside our South Pacific trading area via transhipment options with a range of partner round-the-world container lines and RORO operators.



Sofrana strives to provide a premium product to our customers, to create a point of difference from our niche market position, and to maintain our status as one of the most trusted and reliable regional operators in the South Pacific.
Benoît Marcenac, Managing Director

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Contact us

38 Ponsonby Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand

P.O. Box 3614 Shortland Street, Auckland, New Zealand

TELEPHONE: +64 9 356 1400
FAX: +64 9 356 1429

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(from within New Zealand)
1300 551 845
(from within Australia)