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MOL Announces the Start of a New Weekly Service: 2 Loops on Asia/Mexico-South America West Coast Route

03-14-2008 06:24 PM CET | Logistics & Transport

Press release from: MOL

/ PR Agency: Image Line Communications
LONDON, 14 March 2008 – Today, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL, President: Akimitsu Ashida) announced the start of a new weekly service on two loops with “K” Line. Loop 1 will cover Mexico and Chile. Loop 2 will cover Mexico, Colombia, and Peru. The weekly joint service on the Asia/Mexico-South America West Coast route (CWL) will separate into two loops. This will greatly shorten the transport time between Asia and the West Coast of South America and help expand the service.

Loop 2 will also add a call at Ningbo, China, to meet active seaborne trade from that area.


Loop 1(WL1) – Weekly fixed-day service with nine 2,500 TEU-class full containerships
Keelung (Taiwan) – Hong Kong – Chiwan (China) – Xiamen (China) – Shanghai (China) – Qingdao (China) – Pusan (S. Korea) – Manzanillo (Mexico) – Iquique (Chile) – Valparaiso (Chile) –Lirquén (Chile) – Yokohama – Keelung (Taiwan)

Loop2 (WL2) – Weekly fixed-day service with eight 1,700 TEU-class full containerships
Yokohama – Ningbo (China) – Shanghai (China) – Pusan (S. Korea) – Manzanillo (Mexico) – Buenaventura (Colombia) – Callao (Peru) – Yokohama

(Both loops will be connected from/to additional Asian ports by feeder service.)

[Start of service]
Loop 1: M/V HS Challenger, departing Keelung on March 22
Loop 2: M/V Hansa Aalesund, departing Ningbo on March 30

Sarah A. Chase
Head of PR
tel +44 (0)20 7689 9009
fax +44 (0)20 7689 8008
Image Line Communications Ltd 1A Zetland House, 5-25 Scrutton Street, London EC2A 4HJ

MOL is one of the world’s largest multi-modal transport companies, operating more than 800 vessels and employing a workforce in excess of 8,600 worldwide. MOL operates one of the largest and most diverse networks of liner and logistics services around the globe, including weekly Transpacific, Transatlantic, Americas and Asia-Europe services. Please visit the company’s website at

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