Pacific International Lines (PIL) is expanding its presence in South Asia with its new China Vietnam India Service (CVI).
The new weekly direct offering will connect key ports in China, Vietnam, Singapore, and on India’s East Coast.
The port rotation is as follows: Ningbo (China) – Shanghai (China) – Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) – Singapore – Chennai (India) – Visakhapatnam (India) – Port Kelang (Malaysia) – Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) – Ningbo.
The service will commence on 22 April from Ningbo.
CVI will be served by a consortium of vessels with an average capacity of 2,200 TEU, jointly deployed by PIL, Regional Container Lines (RCL), and Interasia Lines (IAL).
“As a Singapore’s homegrown shipping line, PIL’s strength lies in our connectivity within Asia, as well as between Asia and other key regions in the world,” said Tonnie Lim, Chief Trade Officer for PIL.
“This new service to India’s East Coast reflects our confidence in the growth potential of India, and our commitment to continue to seek new opportunities to expand our network into India.”
Earlier this month, PIL also awarded a contract to Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) for the construction of four 14,000 TEU container vessels.
The four vessels will be delivered progressively from 2H2024 through to 1H2025. When delivered, the vessels will become the largest container vessels in PIL’s fleet and the first vessels in the fleet to run on LNG.