Pacific Forum Line, Polynesian Shipping Line Merge

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Regional shipping, logistics provider managed by parent Neptune

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, Feb. 2, 2016) – Polynesian Shipping Line and Pacific Forum Line, two respected brands in the Pacific island shipping and logistics industry, have merged to form one entity, trading as Pacific Forum Line.

The merge has been announced by Neptune Pacific Line and their partners in Pacific Forum Line, the Government of Samoa, advising customers, partners and service providers, that agreements have concluded to merge the Neptune owned Polynesian Shipping Line (PSL) business with Pacific Forum Line Group (PFL), effective 31st January, 2016.

Neptune’s Managing Director, Rolf Rasmussen said that the Pacific Forum Line will continue to be managed by Neptune.

"Over the coming months, the various interests across our islands network will merge into one significant shipping and logistics provider, solely focused on the Pacific islands," he said in a media statement.

Services offered will include:

"Polynesian Shipping Line was acquired by Neptune in September 2014. The business has considerable support and capability across the Pacific islands. It makes good sense to bring our partners in Pacific Forum Line onboard, and we are very pleased the Government of Samoa has agreed with our long term vision for this business," said Rasmussen.

"This transaction and subsequent merger of the two entities adds further to our Neptune and PFL business’s, and supports our vision of creating a sustainable network to develop our service offerings to our customers, and will provide further opportunity for our employee’s and service providers."

About Neptune Pacific Line (NPL)

Neptune Pacific Line (NPL) is part of The Wonderful Company, a $4 billion international company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. Its other companies include FIJI Water, Justin and Landmark Vineyards, Vintage Nurseries, Wonderful Citrus, Wonderful Pistachios and Almonds, Teleflora, POM Wonderful and Suterra.

NPL was established in 1997 to provide liner and bulk shipping services in the trades between Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Today, NPL is a ship owner and operator active in liner, bulk and project markets across the Pacific. Through connecting carrier agreements and third party agency agreements, NPL provides liner services between most pacific island nations and, Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Europe, South Africa, and North America. To support these activities, we have fully owned agencies in Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji.

About Pacific Forum Line (PFL)

Founded by 12 Pacific Forum countries in 1978, PFL is a beacon of region trade and development in the Pacific Islands for over 35 years. PFL is both a shipping company and an instrument for regional development. PFL will continue to commit to the following objectives of why it was established in 1978 for the benefit of all its stakeholders including the Forum countries:

The parent company is a joint venture between the Government of Samoa and Neptune Pacific Line. The company is managed by Neptune.

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