MOL Announces the Start of a New Weekly Service - 2 Loops on Asia Mexico-South America West Coast Route

Released on: March 13, 2008, 8:58 am

Press Release Author: Image Line Communications

Industry: Transportation & Logistics

Press Release Summary: LONDON, 13 March 2008 - Today, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.
(MOL, President: Akimitsu Ashida) announced the start of a new weekly service on two
loops with "K" Line.

Press Release Body: . Loop 1 will cover Mexico and Chile. Loop 2 will cover
Mexico, Colombia, and Peru. The weekly joint service on the Asia/Mexico-South
America West Coast route (CWL) will separate into two loops. This will greatly
shorten the transport time between Asia and the West Coast of South America and help
expand the service.

Loop 2 will also add a call at Ningbo, China, to meet active seaborne trade from
that area.


Loop 1(WL1) - Weekly fixed-day service with nine 2,500 TEU-class full containerships
Keelung (Taiwan) - Hong Kong - Chiwan (China) - Xiamen (China) - Shanghai (China) -
Qingdao (China) - Pusan (S. Korea) - Manzanillo (Mexico) - Iquique (Chile) -
Valparaiso (Chile) -Lirqun (Chile) - Yokohama - Keelung (Taiwan)

Loop2 (WL2) - Weekly fixed-day service with eight 1,700 TEU-class full containerships
Yokohama - Ningbo (China) - Shanghai (China) - Pusan (S. Korea) - Manzanillo
(Mexico) - Buenaventura (Colombia) - Callao (Peru) - Yokohama

(Both loops will be connected from/to additional Asian ports by feeder service.)

[Start of service]
Loop 1: M/V HS Challenger, departing Keelung on March 22
Loop 2: M/V Hansa Aalesund, departing Ningbo on March 30

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Contact Details: Sarah A. Chase
Head of PR
tel +44 (0)20 7689 9009
fax +44 (0)20 7689 8008
Image Line Communications Ltd 1A Zetland House, 5-25 Scrutton Street, London EC2A 4HJ

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