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Founded in 1848 as American President Lines, APL is now a wholly owned division of Singapore-based NOL Group, and a division of CMA CGM, the French shipping giant. Yet APL continues to maintain its own brand, offering transcontinental cargo shipping across Asia, North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, and Australia through more than 120 weekly services calling ports in over 70 countries worldwide. The world’s seventh-largest container shipping company, with about 150 vessels, operating in over 140 ports worldwide.  

APL continues to build out its own innovative services, such as service that delivers containers from China to the US West Coast, and then on to interior rail hubs. In the past, many of those interchanges between western and eastern railroads have experienced congestion.

27 Jul 2021
The reopening of the US and European economies after last year’s COVID-19 lockdowns spurred a resurgence in the trans-Atlantic container trade as business activity in two of the world’s largest economies showed better than expected growth in May, with increases concentrated at US ports that have undergone major expansions.
19 Jan 2015
Low bunker fuel prices are helping container shipping line balance sheets, but another impact will be improved schedule reliability as carriers can afford to speed up vessels to make up time lost to rising congestion at many ports around the world.
17 Dec 2014
Another set of historic rate increases are on tap for the trans-Pacific, as the 15 members of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement announced hikes totaling $1,000 per FEU.
11 Dec 2014
Hapag-Lloyd is conferring with its partners in the G6 Alliance on plans to order larger container ships in the next year, but even as it does so the need for bigger ships may be changing because of the recent drop in bunker fuel prices.
03 Dec 2014
Citing congestion, the G6 Alliance will omit eastbound calls at the Port of Los Angeles for four straight weeks, starting Jan. 1
24 Nov 2014
The Philippine’ cabinet cluster on port congestion directed by cabinet secretary Jose Rene Almendras will gather for a port forum on November 27 in Manila as officials struggle to address the bottlenecks that have troubled the gateway since late February.
05 Nov 2014
APM Terminals is postponing its “main strategic event in 2014” — the opening of a state-of-the-art container terminal in Rotterdam — to 2015.
31 Oct 2014
NOL Group today reported a third-quarter net loss of $23 million but managed to reduce its core earnings before taxes by 31 percent through cost management and efficiency that have delivered $290 million in savings so far this year.
27 Oct 2014
Bunker fuel surcharges are falling along with the drop in fuel prices, according to Catapult International which tracks ocean surcharges.
Weekly wrap-up: LA-LB congestion, ILA’s Daggett and Nicaragua canal
25 Oct 2014
Terminal congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach was clearly on the minds of JOC.com readers again this week, with six of the Top 10 stories focusing on the issue.
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.”
22 Sep 2014
The savings to be gained from a container line getting more miles to the gallon are immense, as Singapore's NOL Group can attest with $1.2 billion in cuts, and half of that came from bunker and network savings at its APL liner division.
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.
10 Sep 2014
APL has announced a steep increase in its congestion surcharges imposed earlier on import containers handled at the Indian ports of Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva) and Pipavav...
Weekly wrap-up for Aug. 23, 2014
23 Aug 2014
In the latest instance of drayage-related disruption, violence flared at Ningbo’s Beilun Container Port as thousands of striking truck drivers clashed with riot police and smashed the windshields of trucks crossing a picket line. The past week’s protests brought the world’s sixth-largest container port to a standstill, with carriers reportedly diverting ships.
22 Aug 2014
APL and OOCL have imposed surcharges on import containers bound for India’s northern hinterland region.
20 Aug 2014
Overall capacity operated by the Top 21 container carriers increased 5.6 percent or 847,000 TEUs in the last 12 months, according to industry analyst Alphaliner’s latest newsletter, furthering chronic overcapacity in the container shipping market.
APL Logistics container loading in New York
20 Aug 2014
Neptune Orient Lines said Wednesday media reports that it plans to sell its logistics business, APL Logistics, for up to $900 million are "preliminary and exploratory in nature.”
11 Aug 2014
One shipping line is based in Singapore and the other in Hong Kong, but the interim results of APL and OOCL have revealed the importance of managing costs in the current weak freight rate environment.
Weekly wrap-up for August 9, 2014
08 Aug 2014
Troubles in the Pacific Northwest dominated the news this week.
APL Gwangyang in Singapore
07 Aug 2014
NOL Group today posted a second-quarter net loss of $54 million as container volume carried by its liner shipping division APL fell 6 percent, mainly due to the lower-yield backhaul and Asia-Middle East trades.
Bremerhaven
06 Aug 2014
The U.S. ocean container trade via European ports, including transshipments, increased 3.8 percent year-over-year to 4.6 million laden 20-foot-equivalent units in the 12 months ending March 2014, according to PIERS, the data division of JOC Group.
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...
APL India at berth
05 Mar 2014
NOL Group will return to profit this year by concentrating on its core Transpacific business and reaping the benefits of its sizeable port holdings, according to one equity analyst firm.
Standing: Peter Leach, JOC. Seated, left to right: William Payne, NYK Line; Mike White, Maersk Line; Wolfgang Freese, Hapag-Lloyd; Gene Seroka, APL; Howard Finkel, Cosco North America.
03 Mar 2014
Vessel capacity is exaggerated but container ship lines continue to struggle to raise rates to cover costs and meet service demands, carrier executives told the JOC’s 14th annual TPM conference.
20 Feb 2014
The six members of the G6 – Hapag-Lloyd, NYK Line, OOCL, Hyundai Merchant Marine, APL and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines – today released details on the port rotations...