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SS Teo wants to keep the "street fighter" spirit in PIL

His family-run shipping line has stayed "alliance neutral" and yet managed to emerge as the 9th largest in capacity.

Mr Teo at Brani terminal attending the berthing of one of Pacific International Lines' (PIL) P-Class vessels, Kota Pekarang, on Dec 16.He says: "By not being in alliances, we have more freedom to move." Not being in alliances provides PIL the flexibility to work with different partners across key trades.

TEO Siong Seng, or SS Teo, as he is known in shipping circles, describes Pacific International Lines (PIL), the business he inherits, as "a street fighter".

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