Regional Container Lines advises that it will take over vessel operation from ONE on its RTY service. RTY currently operates between Thai Sugar Terminal (TST) / Singapore / Yangon (MIP) / Yangon (MITT) / Port Klang (North) / Singapore / TST on a 21 day, 3 vessel rotation. RCL already operates 2 of those vessels today.
With RCL replacing ONE’s own vessel, RCL will operate all 3 vessels on the service using 3 x 1,018 TEU sister vessels i.e. Xetha, Yantra and Nanta Bhum. The maiden voyage is scheduled to commence with the Yantra Bhum 1024W/E ETA TST 11 May 2019 and ETA Yangon 20th May 2019.
The new rotation will be TST (Saturday) / Laem Chabang (Sunday) / Singapore (Wednesday) / Port Klang (Westport, Friday) / Yangon (MITT, Monday) / Yangon (MIP, Tuesday) / Port Klang (Westport, Friday) / TST (Saturday).
An RCL spokesperson commented:
“The addition of Laem Chabang will support our customers’ request for direct shipments from both Bangkok and Laem Chabang to Myanmar. The export windows from Bangkok/Laem Chabang are also the preferred windows of Saturday and Sunday. Over in Myanmar, RCL continues to offer a choice of both city (MIP) and MITT which is conveniently located next to a growing manufacturing hub known as the Thilawa Special Economic Zone”.