Our History & Milestones
This is where our voyage begins.
Incorporated on the 16th of March 1967, Pacific International Lines has its origins in a newly independent Singapore. Founded by Mr Chang Yun Chung and ten assembled shareholders, the company initially operated just two vessels – former Dutch ships, then re-named the ‘Kota Singa’ and ‘Kota Naga’.
Within a decade, PIL would own and operate more than 60 tweendeckers, multi-purpose semi-containers, breakbulk vessels and livestock carriers. In the late 1960’s, PIL’s expansion took its vessels to China, the Arabian Gulf and East Africa. Between the late 1980’s and mid-90’s, PIL made the transition from the predominantly breakbulk, into a largely containerised shipping operation.
Our history continues to influence our operations today. Here's a quick walk through our history: