Regional Container Lines (RCL) has announced a revamp of its RMS service to link up Malaysia and Indonesia in a new “butterfly” service.

Branded as the RMS15, the route will be served by a pair of 1,200-teu container vessels, of which the 1,850-teu Teera Bhum will commence the maiden voyage on the revamped service on 1 July 2020 from Singapore.

The RMS15 port rotation will be Singapore, Westport, Northport, Penang, Westport, Singapore, Jakarta, and Westport.

This will be a change from the current RMS service’s port rotation of Singapore, Westport, Northport, Penang, Singapore.

“With companies relocating their supply chains to Southeast Asia and this region seeing growing middle classes with greater propensity for personal consumption, direct connectivity and increased sailing frequencies within this area are important considerations both our COC (carrier owned containers) and SOC (shipper owned containers) customers,” a RCL spokesperson said.

“With the new RMS15, COC customers can now enjoy direct connectivity between Penang and Jakarta and vice versa. RCL’s SOC customers will also have a choice of three weekly sailings now between Jakarta and Singapore with the RTI01, RTI02 and of course the new RMS15 extension,” the spokesperson added.

Thailand-based RCL currently operates a fleet of 46 vessels with sizes ranging between 200 teu to 6,621 teu.

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