NWSA Welcomes Back PIL’s Ship after Four Years
Kota Pekarang, the 2017-built New Panamax containership, operated by Pacific International Lines, arrived at the Northwest Seaport Alliance’s North Harbor on Saturday, October 6, making its maiden voyage to Seattle.
While the Singapore-based carrier has been operating at Terminal 30 for many years through various partner carrier agreements, the Kota Pekarang is PIL’s first vessel to call the harbor since 2014.
We welcomed Pacific International Lines’ Kota Pekarang on Saturday as its maiden voyage to @PortofSeattle. The 12,000-TEU ship is PIL’s first vessel to call #PugetSound since 2014. We look forward to supporting PIL’s growth in our gateway. https://t.co/BpKW6yDlQH pic.twitter.com/qpptILx1l2
— The Northwest Seaport Alliance (@SeaportNW) October 8, 2018
“The Northwest Seaport Alliance is proud to welcome PIL’s weekly service to our gateway,” said Courtney Gregoire, Port of Seattle commission president and co-chair of the Northwest Seaport Alliance.
“As their strategic plans call for increased business in our region — where 40 percent of our jobs are tied to trade, we are here to ensure our quality service will keep their cargo and our jobs thriving here.”
As part of the America China Service (ACS), PIL will make a weekly call at SSA Marine’s Terminal 30. The new service rotation will consist of the following ports: Lianyungang – Shanghai – Ningbo – Long Beach – Seattle – Lianyungang.
“PIL is excited to expand our Seattle-area market presence,” said Ernie Kuo, senior vice president of PIL USA Agency Services. “Servicing more than 500 locations in 95 countries, PIL recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.”
At 1,100 feet long and 158 feet wide, the Kota Pekarang has capacity for nearly 12,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs).