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The Southeast Asia region is poised for strong economic growth over the next few decades and container shipping can expect to benefit from increased volume demand, according to SS Teo, managing director of Pacific International Lines (PIL).

Malaysian container line PDZ Holdings will tie up with established Indonesian shipping industry player Indonesia Bulk Carrier (IBC) in a move to expand into the Indonesian maritime industry.

The Asean Ro-Ro Network initiative, will be kicked off with the opening of the Davao-General Santos-Bitung route for ro-ro vessels on 30 April, local media reported.

Evergreen has ordered ten 2,800 teu vessels at CSBC Corporation, Taiwan.

Indonesia's second city Surabaya will be linked to China by a new weekly service to be launched on 20 May by Evergreen Line, China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) and Cosco.

Indonesia's national shipping players have conceded that they will not be ready to compete in the regional free-trade market when the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is implemented in 2015, local reports said.