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 21st 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 March, 2005, PIL owns and operates a fleet of 97 vessels with a total TEU capacity of about 121,896 TEUs. It has on order 12 container vessels with a total capacity of 32,376 TEUs to be delivered by April 2007. PIL also owns and operates a fleet of more than 249,325 TEUs of marine containers.
PIL operates container liner services covering the whole of the Far East to Europe, to the Indian sub-continent, Red Sea/Gulf Ports, East Africa, South/West Africa, Australia and New Zealand. 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.
As a pioneer foreign shipping line that entered the China market in the 60's, PIL offers its customers five container liner sailings a week out of China. Its China network includes ten (10) fully licensed branch offices and twelve (12) representative offices. It jointly owns and operates logistics centres in Ningbo, Hangzhou, 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 eight (8) container manufacturing facilities - seven in China and one in Surabaya, Indonesia. Singamas operates a number of container depots in Dalian, Xingang, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Hong Kong and Thailand.
PIL's other depots are located in Singapore, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Australia.
PIL 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. As it enters the new millennium, PIL has committed itself to more investment in information technology (IT). It is investing S$20 million in an internet based infrastructure to allow its overseas offices using a browser to run applications such as freight costing to cargo booking, from its main server in Singapore. PIL is web-enabling its backend IT systems to ready itself for the future of 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.
With its Group turnover of over S$2.0 billion, PIL is well established as a leading total transportation company in Asia.