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RCL launches new service from China to Pakistan and Middle East
16 Oct 2017

RCL, together with its partners Gold Star Line, KMTC, TS Line and SM Line is pleased to announce the launch of its new service serving China to Pakistan and the Middle East.

This will be six vessel deployment in a seven week rotation using vessels of 5,000 to 6,500 TEU in a rotation of Xingang (Fri) – Qingtao (Sun) – Shanghai (Tuesday) – Ningbo (Wednesday) – Shekou (Sunday) – Port Klang ( Friday) – Colombo (Wednesday) – Karachi (Monday) – Jebel Ali (Thursday) – Colombo (Thursday) – Port Klang (Tuesday) – Singapore (Wednesday) – Xingang.

RCL will assign the name “RPM” or RCL Pakistan Middle East service. The maiden voyage will commence with Gold Star's vessel departing Xingang on the 17 November 17. This will be followed by vessels from KMTC, SM Line, TS Line, Gold Star Line and RCL in that order with vessels' names to be advised later.

Mr Charlie Chu, EVP Business “This service achieves many objectives for RCL including:

1. Dedicated service to connect China, SE Asia to Pakistan that also provides multiple dipping;

2. A 3rd sailing to the Middle East, complementing the RIM (JV with Emirates) and RME (slots on HMM's KME) which was just recently increased in slots;

3. RCL will also offer the industry's first direct call from Xingang to Pakistan and Middle East in the market;

4. Ability to carry COC and SOC cargo between Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the Middle East, which is a high growth area.

The RPM will allow more completeness to RCL's pan-asia strategy in providing a comprehensive suite of shipping services to our customers who seek a strong Asia presence”.

About RCL

Founded in 1979, RCL is a Thai based container shipping line. Listed on the Thai Stock Exchange since 1988, its core business is in the carriage of Shipper owned containers (SOC) and its own Carrier container containers (COC) in a service network that is fully Asia centric. RCL currently owns and operates a fleet of 45 vessels with sizes ranging between 200 TEUs and 6621 TEUs. It also has a fleet of 99,171 TEUs to support its own COC carriage as well. RCL operates a network of 66 offices made up of both owned and agency partner offices to support its operations. Today, RCL is recognised as amongst the leading SOC and Intra Asian operator by both peers and customers alike.

For media enquiries, please contact Michelle Ng at ph: (65)62292087 mail: michelle@rclgroup.com

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