NEPTUNE Pacific Line and Pacific Direct Line have announced that the two liner brands have merged to become Neptune Pacific Direct Line (NPDL).

The new brand is expected to provide a one-stop-shop for customers to ship cargo between eighteen South Pacific markets.

Neptune acquired PDL back in March this year.

The two businesses are said to have been focused on integrating Neptune’s Melanesian and Polynesian network with PDL’s services to Micronesia and the French territories.

They also have been working on enhancing the connectivity to global markets via hubs in New Zealand, Fiji, and Australia.

“We have always been concerned with the socio-economic development of the Pacific Islands,” said Greg Wilson, NPDL president.

“Our expansive family of end-to-end supply chain businesses enable us to create jobs on shore and at sea, facilitate trade, and reduce dependency on imports by supporting export development and local manufacturing.

“Our new brand provides a unified, fully-integrated shipping service for customers across the region and a broad network of Connecting Carrier Agreements linking our South Pacific services with weekly connections to North and South East Asia.”

NPDL operates a fleet of nine vessels dedicated to South Pacific trades and oversees more than 700 employees.

Neptune Pacific Direct Line was established in 2020, when Neptune Pacific Line acquired Pacific Direct Line. Part of The Wonderful Company LLC family of companies, NPDL is a ship owner and operator active in liner and project markets in the Pacific.