Regional Container Lines (RCL) is linking two of its liner services to create a direct service between Thailand and Myanmar.
The Thai intra-Asian operator said it will combine its Thailand-Singapore strings (RTS) with its existing Singapore-Yangon service (RSY).
The port rotation will be: Thai Prosperity Terminal (TPT), Singapore, Yangon and Port Klang (North port) before returning to Singapore and then TPT.
RCL says this will be a three-vessel, 21-day joint service with Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), with RCL providing two ships and MOL one.
The maiden voyage of the RCL Thai Yangon (RTY service) will depart Singapore on the 29 April and arrive in Yangon on 3 May.
The service will employ the 1,098-teu Xetha Bhum and Yantra Bhum (both built 1993) and the 1,036-teu Mathu Bhum (built 1990).
“There has traditionally being strong trading links between Thailand and Myanmar,” said RCL president Sumate Tanthuwanit.
“Current imports to Myanmar from Thailand will in fact rank amongst the top three countries in Asia in container terms.
“Our customers have asked us to provide weekly direct service between Thailand and Yangon and we feel that this is now the right time to do so, since the trade continues to grow strongly.
“At the same time, we are also responding to the needs of our main line customers who have requested for a direct service from Yangon to Thailand, given that Yangon is still a surplus region at this stage of their development, while there is still high demand of boxes in Thailand for exports.”
Source: Trade Wind News