APL, PIL links China and Red Sea
Published: May 28, 2012
Singapore - Global shipping business APL has launched a new joint service with Singapore-based Pacific International Lines (PIL), linking the Far East and the Red Sea.
In recognising the importance of the Red Sea as a market for exports in Central and South China, both companies will be providing weekly sailings from major Asian ports. Competitive transit times from Asia to Red Sea ports via the trans-shipment hub in Singapore will also be set up.
Additionally, eight post-Panamax ships of about 6000 TEUs will be deployed in a joint service, with APL operating three vessels and PIL the remaining five.
The first ship to set sail on the joint service will leave Shanghai on 21 June.
The service will be connecting ports from Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Chiwan, Nansha, Singapore, Djibouti, Aden, Jeddah, Sukhna, and Aqaba.
Earlier this month, APL had reported its decision to be more sustainable, introducing more environmentally-friendly and fuel-efficient ships. The shipping company is also looking to cut carbon emissions by 30% in its release of 30 sustainable vessels in the next three years.
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- APL Co Pte Ltd
- Pacific International Lines