TOKYO—Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL ) today announced the upgrade of its Asia-South Africa network with the two following changes:
MOL will meet customer needs by providing high-quality direct services and by providing variety of port coverage continuously. MOL will join new Asia and South Africa Service (ASA). Opening of the new route, linking Central and South China, Taiwan, South East Asia and South Africa, will start on April 8, 2012.
MOL will offer a weekly service by joining the existing ASA service, operated by Kline (Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha) and PIL (Pacific International Lines). The service will be operated by 8 vessels, and MOL will provide one ship (MV MOL DELIGHT).
This service will offer direct inbound and outbound service between Central China, Taiwan and the South Africa region and strengthen the existing network in South Africa (Durban and Cape Town).
MOL’s current Mozambique Express service (MZX) will extend the coverage to Nacala on a fortnightly basis from May-June, 2012. Nacala is one of the largest ports in the North of Mozambique.