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Polynesia Line to introduce direct calls at Nuku’alofa

Polynesia Line to introduce direct calls at Nuku’alofa
Polynesia Line will launch direct calls into Nuku’alofa, Tonga from March this year, stepping up from the existing transhipment service.

The direct call service will offer a 14-day transit from the US West Coast ports of Long Beach and Oakland, and offers both refrigerated and dry cargo options.

“The introduction of a direct call to Nuku’alofa specifically caters to the needs of the business community in Tonga and makes us the first carriers to connect Tonga to the US West Coast since the 1980s,” said Torben Henry, president of Polynesia Line.

Polynesia Line also links the US West Coast with Tahiti, Samoa and American Samoa.

The line is owned by The China Navigation Company, the deep sea shipping arm of the Swire Group.

From January this year, The China Navigation’s liner shipping division Swire Shipping also enhanced its North Asia to Pacific service with direct calls to Nuku’alofa, among other ports.