PIL launches new Korea-China Straits service

PIL launches the new Korea China Straits Service

Pacific International Lines (PIL) has announced a new weekly direct service connecting key ports in South Korea, China, Malacca Straits and Vietnam.

The new service, known as Korea China Straits Service (KCS), will commence on 6 July from Pusan, South Korea.

This comes three months after PIL announced the launch of its intermodal service in South Korea, offering train, truck, and barge services.

It will be served by a consortium of vessels with an average capacity of 1,800~2,200 TEU, jointly deployed by PIL and its partners.

Surendran Mathilagath, Head of Intra-Asia Services, PIL, said, “The launch of this new KCS service is part of our ongoing efforts to better serve our customers with an enhanced coverage in Asia.”

Mathilagath explained that the key feature of this new service is its extensive connections to nine key ports linking five countries in Asia.

“This comprehensive coverage on a single service enables us to deliver efficient transit times and offer attractive rates for the benefit of our customers,” stated Mathilagath.

In addition, our customers in these five countries can enjoy stronger linkages to the rest of the world. This is in line with our commitment to drive connectivity and bring value-add to meet the needs of the market.”

The ports of call for the KCS service are: Pusan – Kwangyang – Shanghai – Shekou – Singapore – Port Kelang (Westport) – Penang – Singapore – Ho Chi Minh (Cat Lai) – Nansha – Pusan.

In February of this year, PIL announced a new weekly direct service connecting key ports of Thailand, Philippines and Singapore.

One month later, PIL announced that it was working to integrate its barge service offering in China as part of the newly launched PIL Intermodal Service.

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