Pacific International Lines (PIL) has resumed services to the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) after a gap of four years.
PIL’s Kota Pekarang made its first call at Seattle’s North Harbor on 6 October. The Singapore based firm has decided to include Terminal 30 as a weekly call on its America China Service (ACS) with the following rotation: Lianyungang – Shanghai – Ningbo – Long Beach – Seattle – Lianyungang. Seattle was a regular call for PIL for many years until 2014 but since then it has only operated at Terminal 30 through partner carrier agreements.
The Kota Pekarang, which has capacity for 11,923 TEU, previously operated on PIL’s Red Sea service from North and Southeast Asia. It was only launched last year and so has been switched to the ACS after just a few months. Terminal 30 on Elliott Bay covers 70 acres and is operated by SSA Marine. Its two berths can handle containers and roll-on/roll-off cargo with a 50 foot water depth.
PIL’s vessels operating on the Red Sea service have been replaced by P Class ships that were purpose-built for use in the Red Sea, with a ballast water treatment system fitted onboard and various energy saving measures included in their design. The company is also extending its coverage to Aden, Berbera, Massawa and Port Sudan with its Red Sea feeder fleet. PIL has greatly expanded its total carrying capacity over the past two years and its biggest vessels now have twice the capacity of its largest ships in 2016.