COOK ISLANDS TO GET NEW SHIPPING SERVICE

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Pacific Direct Line to connect Auckland, Rarotonga

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, Oct. 24, 2009) – Pacific Direct Line, the leading total logistic provider to the Pacific islands, has confirmed details of its new service to the Cook Islands.

Starting in December, the Southern Phoenix (pictured) will operate a regular 19-day service from Auckland to Rarotonga.

The schedule for the first four voyages shows the Southern Phoenix arriving in Rarotonga on December 16, January 2, January 22 and February 9.

In announcing the new service, chief executive officer Olivier Ravel said PDL offers regular shipping services from New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and all ports in Asia to nearly all the Pacific Islands.

"Our long term expansion plan has seen the Cook Islands as an opportunity and we have responded to requests from importers and exporters to provide improved frequency, reliability and service levels to this important Pacific Island market."

Following the granting of an operating licence earlier this month, Ravel says the company has diverted one of its current vessels on to this trade.

"We are pleased to be able to add the Cook Islands to our schedules. Freight rates will be competitive and we also plan to set up our own local Transam brand shipping agency."

For more information contact PDL’s local agent or the Transam office.

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