Further upgrades for Far East-South Africa-South America services
May 16, 2005
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Pacific International Lines (PIL) have announced a joint fixed-day container services linking Japan/Asia with South Africa and the East Coast of South America.
For MOL this means dissolving its existing partnership with P&O Nedlloyd while for PIL the service becomes a new route, it having last offered a breakbulk service between Asia and South America during the 1980s.
The new joint service will be introduced from mid-July using 11 container ships in the 2,800 TEU class providing a weekly service, with MOL supplying eight vessels and PIL three.
The port rotation is Kobe, Yokohama, Nagoya, Pusan, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Singapore, Durban, Santos, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, San Francisco do Sul, Paranagua, Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kobe, and taking 77 days.
Additional calls at Shanghai and Shenzhen are being included to meet increasing demand for service in China’s rapidly growing market, with the name of the Shenzhen port still to be revealed. A further enhancement to the service comes by way of a call at Durban on the westbound route.
According to PIL its extensive service network with Singapore as its hub will provide an efficient and fast connection for cargo movement between the East Coast South America and all other major ports in North Asia, China, South Asia, South East Asia and Australasia.
The service will be in addition to MOL’s existing Asia – South Africa – West Africa service. PIL has been active in the reefer trades in China, South Africa and Australasia and says it is now in a good position to participate in the strong market of frozen and chilled products from South America. The 11 vessels being deployed will each have high reefer capacity to meet this trade requirement.
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