SINGAPORE: Gearing up as part of the OCEAN ALLIANCE, APL flagged-off the first sailings of the Pacific Gulf Loop 6 (PG6) service bound for Houston from Singapore; and the Far-East Express 1 (FX1) service heading for Southampton from Xingang. These maiden sailings kick-start APL’s voyage with the OCEAN ALLIANCE to offer bigger, broader and better container shipping services ahead.
“It marks a game-changer for APL to navigate as part of the world’s largest container shipping alliance. Offering 38 services of the OCEAN ALLIANCE, APL is primed to offer its widest market coverage ever; the best-in-class transit time and superior connectivity to strategic markets that were previously inaccessible,” said Nicolas Sartini, APL Chief Executive Officer.
With a capacity of 3.5 million TEU, the OCEAN ALLIANCE commands the largest East-West capacity share. In the weeks ahead, more APL’s offerings of the OCEAN ALLIANCE will set sail across the major trade lanes with the best transit time in container shipping.
Introducing the industry’s first ever direct service from Jakarta to the U.S. West Coast, APL’s Pendulum Loop 1 - West Coast (PE1) service would be delivering shipments from Cai Mep to Los Angeles with the industry’s fastest transit time of 16 days. The first sailing of the PE1 service will commence on 6 April from Port Klang.
On 10 April, APL’s South China Loop 1 (SC1) will start sailing from Fuqing. The only direct service to Fuqing on the Trans-Pacific, cargo onboard the SC1 service from Xiamen will arrive in Oakland with an unmatched transit time of 18 days.
APL’s Pendulum Loop 2 - East Coast (PE2) which offers a direct connection to New York from China and South Korea promises a speedy 26-day transit from Ningbo to New York. The first sailing of the PE2 service from Qingdao will commence on 3 April.
Facilitating trade from the Far East to the growth regions in the Middle East, APL’s West Asia Express (WAX) service promises the industry’s best transit time of 23 days from Qingdao to Doha. The WAX service will commence sailing from Qingdao on 6 April.
As part of the only alliance with dedicated Asia-Red Sea services, APL’s Red Sea Express (RSX) and Red Sea Express 2 (RS2) services will depart Shanghai on 3 and 12 April respectively. A 16-day transit is all it takes to move a cargo from Shekou to Jeddah via the RS2 service. Shipments on the RSX service from Shekou to Sokhna will take a mere 20 days.
APL’s Far East Express 3 (FX3) service will see shipments to Le Havre from Shanghai, Ningbo and Yantian arriving in as fast as 29, 30 and 25 days respectively. The first sailing of the FX3 service will commence from Yangshan on 7 April.
The only service that offers a direct connection to the port of Venice from Asia, APL’s Adriatic Express (ADX) service promises a 30-day transit from Busan to Venice. The first sailing of the ADX service will commence from Yangshan on 6 April.
Across the Trans-Atlantic, APL’s Atlantic Gulf (AGX) Service is the only direct connection from Le Havre to Miami with a 17-day transit. The first sailing of the AGX service will commence from Le Havre on 3 April.
“As APL moves cargo even further and to new places with unparalleled transit times as part of the OCEAN ALLIANCE, we will continue to offer over 70 other services that fulfil the diverse container shipping needs. It will always be our top priority to provide the most reliable services and solutions that enable speed to market and global connectivity,” added Sartini.