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September 25, 2014

MOL to Restructure Asia to South Africa Service

Tokyo – Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced the restructuring of their existing Asia to South Africa liner services into two direct loops. One service will call South China, while the other loop will directly connect Central China. The newly restructured loops will further strengthen MOL's service network from Asia to South Africa, while continuing to meet increasingly diverse commercial requirements.

The jointly operated South China Loop and Central China Loop services will commence from Kaohsiung on October 9, 2014 and Shanghai on October 15, 2014 respectively.

Details of the restructured Central China loop and South China loop are as follows:

"SAS" Service

  • Rotation (Total Rotation: 56 days)
    Kaohsiung (THU/FRI) – Xiamen (FRI/SAT) - Hong Kong (SUN/SUN) – Shekou (MON/MON) – Singapore (FRI/SAT) – Port Kelang (SUN/SUN) – Durban (SUN/WED) – Cape Town (FRI/SUN) – Port Kelang (FRI/FRI) – Singapore (SAT/SUN) – Kaohsiung
  • Commencement Date:
    Westbound - MV MOL SOLUTION calling at Kaohsiung on October 9, 2014.
    Eastbound - MV MOL SOLUTION calling at Durban on November 2, 2014
  • Vessel Deployment: Seven (7) x 5800 to 4200 TEU Nominal vessels

"SAC" Service

  • Rotation (Total Rotation: 49 days)
    Shanghai (WED/THU) – Ningbo (FRI/FRI) – Keelung (SUN/MON) – Singapore (MON/TUE) – Durban (SUN/THU) – Singapore (THU/FRI) - Shanghai
  • Commencement Date:
    Westbound - MV EVER RESPECT calling at Shanghai on October 15, 2014
    Eastbound - MV EVER RESPECT calling at Durban on November 9, 2014
  • Vessel Deployment:
    Six (6) x 5800 to 4200 TEU Nominal vessels

(For reference)

  • Rotation of the existing service (Total Rotation: 63 days)
    Shanghai (SUN/MON)– Ningbo(TUE/TUE) – Keelung (THU/THU)– Xiamen (FRI/SAT)- Hong Kong(SUN/SUN) – Shekou (MON/MON)- Singapore (FRI/SAT) – Port Kelang (SUN/SUN) – Port Louis (TUE/WED) –Durban (SUN/TUE) – Cape Town (FRI/SUN)– Port Kelang (FRI/FRI) – Singapore (SAT/SUN) – Hong Kong (THU/FRI)- Shanghai

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