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PIL – Acquisition of MARIANA EXPRESS LINES (MELL)
Niche carrier a perfect fit for PIL
Message from S S Teo, Managing Director of PIL
We are pleased to announce the acquisition of majority shareholding in Mariana Express Lines (MELL) with effect from the 11th March 2015.
Based in Singapore and supported by 48 shipping agencies in 29 countries, MELL is a container line operator specializing in the niche markets within the Asia-Pacific region including Micronesia, Saipan, Guam, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia & Australia. MELL also operates a container depot in Davao, Philippines.
We believe that MELL’s capabilities will complement PIL’s liner business and global network which also includes Pacific Direct Lines (PDL) and Advanced Container Lines (ACL). This PIL/MELL partnership will therefore enable both companies to synergise their current activities whilst opening up new opportunities for all customers and stakeholders simultaneously.
MELL will continue to operate under its own brand and regular business operations will not be affected by the change in ownership.
We are delighted to be able to share MELL’s future with PIL as a growing shipping line. Let us welcome MELL into the PIL family as we seek to create milestones after another.
Profile of Mariana Express Lines
Founded in 1997, Mariana Express Lines (“MELL”) is a container liner operator headquartered in Singapore. Focusing on niche routes in the Asia-Pacific region, MELL strives to provide shippers and consignees with services that have regular sailing schedules and quick transit times. MELL is committed to offering customers a schedule integrity that differentiates herself from the competition.
Though MELL started with only two vessels plying the route of Hong Kong, Guam, Saipan and Taiwan, the Company has grown her network extensively over the years. Using Hong Kong and Kaoshiung as hubs, MELL currently carries containers between China, Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia and islands in the Pacific.
MELL has also established the Company’s own dedicated shipping agencies in key ports of call to support her vessel operations and to provide ancillary logistics support. Mariana Shipping, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MELL, manages these agencies.
By providing fully-integrated logistics and containerized transportation services, MELL is well respected in the industry for her customer-centric, personalised approach and is dedicated to serving the local communities.