PIL takes over Mariana Express Lines

Singapore: Pacific International Lines (PIL) along with Luen Thai Group has bought out fellow Singapore-headquartered containerline Mariana Express Lines for an undisclosed sum. PIL becomes Mariana’s majority shareholder following the deal concluded this month.

The Mariana brand will continue. PIL has other subsidiary lines, Pacific Direct Lines and Advanced Container Lines operating container services in the Southern Pacific Islands and feeder services in Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent respectively.

Mariana, founded in 1997, focuses on niche routes in Asia, with a strong focus on the Pacific Islands. It also has its own agency division, Mariana Shipping.

Jimmy Setiawan Simon will manage Mariana’s operations as its general manager.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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