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.

14 Sep 2014
An estimated 300,000 40-foot reefer containers are expected to be added to the global fleet by 2018 as strong demand for perishables drives the business and improving technology enables their long distance transport.