Singapore-based Pacific International Lines has added a new weekly link between the Far East and the Middle East to its portfolio, by slotting on Yang Ming’s ‘CGX’ service. PIL now offers weekly departures fom China and Taiwan to the United Arab Emirates and Saudia Arabia via Singapore and Malaysia. PIL therewith joins Hub Line, which began to slot on the loop in May.
Yang Ming’s ‘CGX’ serves Shanghai, Ningbo, Kaohsiung, Xiamen, Shekou (Shenzhen), Port Kelang, Jebel Ali, Dammam, Port Kelang, Singapore, Kaohsiung and Shanghai. The loop turns in six weeks with six panamax-beam vessels of about 4,250 teu.
The service used to call at Bandar Abbas until June, when the Iran call was dropped in favour of Dammam, in accordance with UN sanctions against the Theran government (see Iran related articles).