Pacific International Lines (PIL) has launched a new weekly service connecting central and south China to the Gulf area in the Middle East.
The new Gulf China Service (GCS) will commence from 23 November 2021 and will utilise a consortium of vessels with an average capacity of 3,000 TEU, jointly developed by PIL, Regional Container Lines (RCL) and CULines (CUL).
The full rotation of the GCS is as follows: Ningbo (China) – Nansha (China) – Shekou (China) – Jebel Ali (UAE) – Dammam (Saudi Arabia) – Ningbo (China).
PIL’s Kota Kamil vessel will embark on the maiden voyage for the service.
This follows on from the news that PIL had withdrawn from the Transpacific market as part of its efforts to make its network more efficient. Announced in February 2020, the shipping line said it will focus on its North-South route and strengthening its position in regions such as Africa, the Middle East/Red Sea, India Sub-Continent, Latin America and Oceania.