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Matson And Pacific Direct Line New Agreement

Matson (South Pacific) Limited has signed a Connection Carrier Agreement with Pacific Direct Line. This takes into effect from the ‘Loloa’ voyage 34 loading in Suva on February 20. Under
28 Jan 2015 10:07
Matson And Pacific Direct Line New Agreement

Matson (South Pacific) Limited has signed a Connection Carrier Agreement with Pacific Direct Line.

This takes into effect from the ‘Loloa’ voyage 34 loading in Suva on February 20.

Under this new arrangement, Matson will provide Pacific Direct Line with an agreed number of slots on each sailing of ‘Liloa’ and ‘Olomana’ for their Cook Islands cargo.

Pacific Direct Line will carry Cook Islands cargo to Suva or Apia on its scheduled service to make the fastest connection to the Matson-operated vessels.

Pacific Direct Line said this arrangement was undertaken in order to ensure a sustainable long term service.

“2014 saw many lines, including global carriers, undertake sensible rationalisation of tonnage to ensure various services remained viable for the long term,” Pacific Direct Line said.

“This new arrangement for the Cook Islands is a logical extension of that process.”

As a consequence, the Tiare Moana will withdraw from the Trade at the conclusion of Voyage 34.

 

Reason behind this

Pacific Direct Line, in conjunction with Uma Shipping, had provided a vessel to operate to the Cook Islands including the Northern Group, Rarotonga and Aitutaki.

This service offered Pacific Direct Line’s Cook Island customers a regular and reliable option since the license was issued to Uma Shipping in 2012.

Unfortunately, the Trade is now well over tonnaged with three vessels servicing the Cook Islands from New Zealand.

Therefore, Pacific Direct Line and Matson agreed upon the new arrangement.

 

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