Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ocean Carrier PIL to Begin Seattle Port Calls

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of Seattle, which saw its container volumes drop in 2013 due to the loss of three major shippers in mid-2012, says it expects to become the primary Pacific Northwest port of call for Pacific International Lines in the next few weeks.

According to the port, PIL’s new Asia Pacific Northwest Service will begin calling at Terminal 30 in February partnership with China Shipping Container Lines’ and United Arab Shipping Co.’s existing joint service.

The service is expected to have a port rotation of Nansha, China; Hong Kong; Yantian, China; Ningbo, China; Shanghai; Pusan, South Korea; Seattle; Vancouver, British Columbia; and back to Nansha.

PIL, which was incorporated in 1967, is headquartered in Singapore. It operates container liner services covering the North American West Coast, the East Coast of South America, New Zealand, Australia, Africa, the Far East, Europe, the Black Sea, the Indian sub-continent and the Red Sea.

It is ranked 14th among the top containership operators in the world and offers container liner and multi-purpose services at over 500 ports and other locations in 100 countries worldwide.