Singapore’s flagship container carrier, Pacific International Lines (PIL), has joined the industry trade association World Shipping Council (WSC). Based in Washington, WSC represents the international liner shipping market, with its membership covering around 90 per cent of global container ship capacity.

The organisation was formed in 2000 and its aims are to provide a safe, secure, and sustainable industry. PIL is currently ranked the 12th largest container carrier in the world, with a fleet of over 100 container ships.

Early in July, the company announced it was adding to its orderbook with a series of 8,000 TEU capacity container ships from Chinese builder Yangzijiang Shipbuilding. The four vessels will be equipped with LNG-fuelled engines, with ammonia ready fuel tanks, which will enable the vessels to be retrofitted to run on the green fuel, when viable.

Founded in March 1967, PIL started operations with just two ships, former Dutch vessels renamed Kota Singa and Kota Naga, and has since expanded considerably.

Photo and report by Krispen Atkinson

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