Zhuhai Port Group has opened a shipping route to Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific islands, with the ship Kota Hapas mooring at the Gaolan Port International Container Terminal on March 1, Zhujiang Evening News reports.
The new Zhuhai Gaolan-South Pacific (SPS) line is developed jointly by Pacific International Lines (PIS) and Mariana Express Lines (MELL). PIS is a privately owned multinational enterprise engaging in container shipping logistics. As one of the largest container ship owners in Southeast Asia, the company’s core business covers Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. It is also the largest shareholder of MELL, which offers nonstop weekly container express services in the Asia-Pacific area.
The route encompasses three 1,100-teu container ships which offers a stable service on two lines. The two week-based shift service from Gaolan to Lae, Noumea in New Caledonia, Suva and Loutoka in Fiji, and the four-week based port calls at Honiara in the Solomon Islands, Majuro in the Marshall Islands, and Tarawa in the Republic of Kiribati. Route 1 runs via Nansha (in Guangzhou)-Gaolan-HongKong-Shekou-Lae-Honiara-Noumea-Suva-Loutoka-Lae-Nansha.
Route 2 passes through Nansha-Gaolan-Hong Kong-Shekou-Lae-Noumea-Suva- Loutoka-Majuro-Nansha. The container ship Kota Hapas, has an overall length of 159.93 meters and a beam of 25 meters. Her gross tonnage is 18,889.
The multimodal transport route is a new logistical channel from Gaolan to the South Pacific islands and other regions of the Belt and Road initiative. Cargos from South, southwestern, and south-central China will be able to more quickly reach countries in the South Pacific. Zhuhai Port will strengthen its cooperation with ports along the line of the Belt and Road initiative this year, while the initial voyage also strengthens the important status of Gaolan.