Pacific International Lines (PIL), one of the leading shipping companies in Asia, has announced the launch of a pair of weekly direct services. The enhancements bolster the group’s China to East Africa service. PIL customers will now benefit from shorter lead times and great efficiency to East Africa.
The enhancement is a realignment of the East Africa Service (EAS), which PIL operates independently, that will now expand into two service routes – one serving Mombasa, called EAS, and the other serving Dar es Salaam, to be named as EA3.
Beginning from early March, EAS and EA3 will offer a consortium of vessels with an average capacity of 2,200 TEUs. This is a joint effort deployed by PIL, Ocean Network Express (ONE), Gold Star Line (GSL) and Hapag-Lloyd AG (HLC).
Mr Tonnie Lim, Chief Trade Officer at PIL, said, “We pride ourselves on our convenient connection between Asia and Africa. We have been connecting China to East Africa for 55 years now. We are improving our popular East Africa Service in response to the needs of our customers for additional, direct and faster connections from key ports in Asia to Mombasa and Dar es Salaam. Looking ahead, we will continue to seek opportunities to expand our China and Africa services to better serve our customers.”
EAS will commence on 13 March 2022 from Qingdao, and EA3 will commence on 10 March 2022 from Shanghai.
The ports of call for the two new services are:
East Africa Service (EAS) Service Rotation:
Qingdao – Shanghai – Ningbo – Nansha – Singapore – Port Kelang – Mombasa – Port Kelang – Singapore – Nansha – Qingdao
East Africa Service (EA3) Service Rotation:
Shanghai – Ningbo – Nansha – Singapore – Port Kelang – Dar es Salaam – Port Kelang – Singapore – Shanghai
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