PACIFIC International Lines is introducing a new weekly direct service that connects ports in China, Singapore and west Malaysia.

The new China Straits Service (CSS) will begin on 18 December from Qingdao. It will be served by four vessels with an average capacity of 2800 TEU, jointly deployed by PIL, Goldstar Lines and OOCL.

PIL chief trade officer Tonnie Lim said Asia is expected to continue to play a pivotal role in international trade with growing sings of recovery in the global economy.

“The new China Straits Service, with its comprehensive coverage of China ports, Singapore and west Malaysia, is designed to support our customers in riding this positive growth trend in Asia,” he said.

“We are happy to expand our Asia coverage and offer this new service to our customers.”

The ports of call for the CSS service are:

Qingdao, Shanghai, Xiamen, Nansha, Singapore, Port Kelang,  Penang, Port Kelang, Pasir Gudang, Nansha and Qingdao.