The Japanese carrier MOL and Singapore-based PIL are teaming up on the Singapore – Indian Ocean trade lane to offer two joint services: one to Mauritius and Reunion, the second to Mozambique.
The new ‘MZS’ service will be operated by PIL with seven vessels, on a weekly fixed-day basis. It will call at: Singapore, Maputo, Beira, Nacala, Singapore. MOL will take slots and brand the service as ‘MZX’. The first sailing will leave Singapore on 7 June.
In parallel, the two carriers will revive MOL’s dedicated Islands service, which was closed in 2011. It will turn in four weeks and call at: Singapore, Port Louis, Tamatave, Reunion, Singapore. Each carrier will provide two vessels on the loop which will be marketed as ‘IOX’ by MOL and as ‘IOI by PIL.
The new ‘MZX’ will replace MOL’s existing Singapore-Mozambique service. Since Evergeen stopped taking slots on this loop in February, the ‘MZX’ had only been maintained on an irregular scaled-down pattern, ensuring fortnightly calls at best.
The two new services are expected to replace PIL existing ‘IOM’, which currently links Singapore to the Indian Ocean Islands and Mozambique.