Pacific International Lines (PIL) incorporated in 1967 has developed from a coastal ship-owner/operator in Singapore to become one of the largest shipowners in Asia. Today, it is ranked 19th amongst the top containership operators in the world. PIL has diversified into logistics related activities such as supply chain management, consolidation/distribution facilities, warehousing, container depot operations, trucking as well as having interest in ship-agencies worldwide, container manufacturing, marine engineering and real estate.
As of September 2010, PIL owns and operates a fleet of 133 vessels with a total capacity of about 247,159 TEUs. 6 new container vessels with a total capacity of 28,800 TEUs and including 8 new multi-purpose vessels and 2 bulk carriers which will be delivered by January 2013. PIL also owns and operates a fleet of more than 373,366 TEUs of marine containers.
PIL operates container liner services covering the whole of the Far East to Europe, Black Sea, Canada, the Indian sub-continent, Red Sea/Gulf, East Africa, South/West Africa, Australia, New Zealand, East Coast of South America and West Coast of USA. It has a dedicated network of feeder services covering a comprehensive range of ports in South East Asia, the Bay of Bengal and the East Coast of India. Effective March 2010, PIL also re-launched its Multi-purpose Service between China and Africa offering customers direct link for project and break bulk cargo between China and Africa ports.
As a pioneer foreign shipping line that entered the China market in the 1960's, PIL presently offers its customers 18 container liner sailings a week out of China. Its China network includes 10 fully licensed branch offices and 13 representative offices. It jointly owns and operates logistics centres in Ningbo, Shanghai, Wuxi and Xiamen.
Through one of its subsidiary company, Singamas Container Holdings Ltd which is a listed company in Hong Kong, PIL has invested in 10 container manufacturing facilities in China. Singamas operates a number of container depots in Dalian, Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Fuzhou, Shunde, Hong Kong and Thailand.
PIL's other depots are located in Singapore, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Australia.
Pacific International Lines maintains a quality fleet of vessels through fleet renewal and expansion, and will continuously seek opportunities to invest in new trades and other related business. PIL has committed itself to more investment in information technology (IT) for internet based infrastructure to enhance its day to day operations and to provide the platform for E-business.
Another subsidiary company, Pacific International Lines Logistics is providing supply chain management solutions to a number of major shippers. These solutions include a range of services from customs clearance, trucking, warehousing and sea transportation.
As an integral part of its long-term strategy to strengthen its agency network, PIL has made strategic investments in New Zealand, Africa, the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia.
In addition to the above, PIL has also diversified into the port and terminal business in Singapore and Thailand in order to achieve strategic fit and to benefit from the synergies created.
With its Group turnover of over S$3.8billion, PIL is well established as a leading total transportation company in Asia.