APL

APL is the world’s seventh-largest container shipping company founded in 1848 with approximately 150 vessels, operating in over 140 ports worldwide. The company employs more than 13,000 individuals.

APL, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore-based NOL Group — one of the Top 50 global transportation and logistics companiesposted revenues of US$8.83 billion in 2013, down 7.2 percent from the previous year. The company recorded a net loss of $76 million, down 81.5 percent from the previous year’s net loss of $412 million.

APL was the fourth-ranked container carrier in U.S. containerized import trade in 2013, with volume of 1,235,623 TEUs, down 1.4 percent year-over-year, giving it market share of 6.8 percent. It was No. 5 in U.S. containerized export trade in 2013, with volume of 784,135 TEUs, down 0.5 percent year-over-year, and market share of 6.1 percent. For more carrier rankings, see the JOC’s Top 40 Container Carriers special topic.

07 Oct 2014
Carriers serving the trans-Pacific westbound trade from the U.S. to Asia will attempt to raise rates as of Nov. 1, arguing that rates currently “fall well below breakeven levels.”
01 Aug 2014
The G6 Alliance is performing abysmally compared with its competitors when it comes to schedule reliability, according to a new SeaIntel report.
A Hapag-Lloyd container seen in Singapore.
02 Jul 2014
The ink was hardly dry on Hapag-Lloyd’s merger deal with Chilean carrier CSAV when departing chief executive Michael Behrendt raised the prospect of acquiring an Asian container line.
24 Jun 2014
The worst is over for the Asia-Europe container trade as slow-steaming and scrapping of old vessels begin to address excess capacity, according to a recent report from HSBC’s transport analysts.
27 May 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif.
15 May 2014
An aggressive focus on operating efficiency is reflected in the first quarter results of Neptune Orient Lines, Hanjin and Hapag-Lloyd, although the savings were not enough to offset the effects of excess capacity, high bunker prices and weak freight rates that continue to plague the industry.
01 May 2014
A temporary space shortage on the trans-Atlantic is looming thanks to implementation of the G6 Alliance in that trade lane.
Ballinn House, Hapag-Lloyd's headquarters.
24 Apr 2014
Hapag-Lloyd’s largest individual shareholder, Klaus-Michael Kuehne, said the carrier should team up with another line after its forthcoming merger with Chile’s CSAV so it can compete more effectively with the world’s top three carriers.
Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller
23 Apr 2014
What is today a small club of carriers operating or having ordered 18,000-TEU ships or larger is likely to grow, but not necessarily overnight, as carriers intensify their focus on reducing costs without regard to greater market or infrastructure implications.
Container ship in Hamburg, Germany.
08 Apr 2014
The 2013 financial reporting season for container lines ended for many carriers in a sea of red ink as high bunker prices and weak freight rates combined to drag down profits.
03 Apr 2014
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission yesterday unanimously voted to allow the G6 Alliance to expand into the Asia-U.S. West Coat and trans-Atlantic routes.
Port of Shanghai
12 Mar 2014
Carriers’ schedule reliability from Shanghai to Oakland, Calif., showed the greatest variation in eastbound Asia-to-Southern California route performances...