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18/01/2013
NZ to Tahiti Service


Pacific Direct Line currently operates shipping services to 13 different Pacific Island countries. As part of Pacific international Lines (PIL), the 18th largest shipping Line in the world with over 130 vessels operating worldwide, we offer services from Asia, Europe, Americas, Australia and New Zealand with regular sailings using modern vessels. .

Tahiti has always been of strategic importance as part of our extensive Pacific Island coverage and we have serviced Papeete as a direct port call since January 1992.

We are constantly seeking ways to improve our cost structures and following a review two years ago we decided to withdraw our own vessel and enter into Vessel Sharing Agreement ( VSA ) with Maersk Line.

Through the VSA service we were able to offer a fixed 14 day schedule. As a consequence, we have received excellent support from exporters and importers in this trade.

Our partners in this VSA, Maersk Line, have recently announced their withdrawal from the Tahiti trade and so we wish to take the opportunity to re-affirm that Pacific Direct Line remains committed to servicing Tahiti.

We are pleased to announce that we have chartered an R-Class vessel from our owners PIL that will be introduced to this service shortly. We currently use sister ships on our Auspac service from Australia to the Pacific Islands and have proved that this type of vessel is perfectly suited to the Pacific Island trades.

To be re-named the “Southern Trader”, the ship is 13,000 DWT with a capacity for 800 TEU. She has a service speed of 16 knots which is sufficient to maintain the 14 day schedule.

If you have any further questions please contact either PDL Auckland or Transam Papeete.



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