APL moves vehicles for Afghan army

APL moves vehicles for Afghan army

It took a flotilla of APL vessels to move hundreds of combat vehicles for use by the new Afghanistan National Army.

The vehicles were moved from Combat Equipment Group-Europe sites in the Netherlands and Luxembourg through Antwerp, Belgium, according to the Military Traffic Management Command.

The loadout was a joint action of the 598th and the 838th Transportation Battalion, both located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In all, six APL vessels moved the cargo from Oct. 10-Nov. 11.

Due to the special requirements of this shipment, the cargo moved under a one-time-only modification to Universal Service Contract 04. The door-to-door service provided by APL was unusual, because vehicles are normally considered break-bulk cargo and such cargo is normally booked pier-to-pier.

The cargo was moved from Brunssum and Vriezenveen, the Netherlands; and Bettembourg and Dudelange, Luxemburg.