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PIL adding Qatar call to Middle East – China service

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Pacific International Lines (PIL) is adding a call in Qatar to its Gulf China Service (GCS).

The GCS service which connects the Middle East and China will add a call at Hamad Port in Qatar to the existing calls to Jebel Ali in Dubai and Dammam in Saudi Arabia.

The upgraded service will now also call Singapore on both east and westbound legs, rather than solely on the eastbound route as it does at present.

The average size of vessels deployed on the service will increase to seven ships of between 4,000 and 5,200 teu from 9 January 2023 departing from Shanghai.

Tonnie Lim, Chief Trade Officer, PIL, said, “We are enhancing our GCS service to broaden PIL’s presence in Middle East, and to capitalise on the growth potential of the Middle East region. This is part of PIL’s efforts to meet the needs of its customers worldwide for a more comprehensive coverage in Middle East. 

“We also aim to further strengthen our linkages from Southeast Asia. With this dedicated service, PIL continues to drive its global connectivity through the key Asian gateway of Singapore to our extensive network coverage of Middle East.