The Yokohama Port and Habour Bureau,
Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation and Yokohama Port Corporation
have paid tribute to APL for its contributions as one of Japanís
longest-serving shipping lines. As APL celebrates 150 years of shipping in
Japan, the carrier also renews its commitment towards the advancement of the
countryís maritime sector.
APL Chief Executive Officer, Nicolas
Sartini said, ďJapan is strategic to APLís Intra-Asia developments and we will
build on our 150-year-old foundation which few can claim to own. We have
navigated in line with Japanís global trade ambitions and will continue to
facilitate trade with new service routes and shipping solutions. APL looks to
further collaborations with the authorities and shippers in Japan so that we
can all achieve meaningful milestones in the next 150 years.Ē
APL currently connects Japan with her
key trade partners such as Australia, China, Korea, North America, Taiwan and
Thailand amongst others through 13 services. Amongst these services, APLís
Japan Express service (JPX) directly connects Japan with the United States West
Coast while its Japan Straits Express service (JSX) is a choice option for
shippers who seek global market access via Singapore.
Facilitating Japanís trade growth with
China and Southeast Asia countries, shippers are offered various ways to their
respective target markets through APLís Thailand Vietnam service (JTV), Japan
Thailand 2 service (JT2) and Japan Thailand 5 service (JT5) amongst others.
As Japan ramps-up her export drive,
APLís Out-Of-Gauge and SMART reefer expertise offers solutions to take Japanese
products to places. In particular, APL customises the application of its reefer
solutions through trials with shippers. In Japan, APL provides technical
support that lends expertise in facilitating the exploration of export markets
by Japanese agricultural producers.
Japan is also home to APLís wholly-owned
terminal in the port of Yokohama, an important gateway for nine APL services
that serve the Trans-Pacific and Intra-Asia trades. With a linear quay length
of 400 metres and draft of 16 metres for its cargo berth, the 45 acre
facility is equipped with an annual capacity of 540,000 Twenty-Foot Equivalent
Units (TEU). With a productivity rate of 38 container moves per hour, APL
continually ensures a superior terminal efficiency that adds to the
competitiveness of the Yokohama Port. Plans are underway to further upgrade the
terminal operating system in 2018.
Sartini added, ďAPL will persist in
building a more robust network and strengthen our operations to keep delivering
value in markets where we serve. We also believe in staying accessible to our
customers and will continually engage them in serving their needs.Ē
Today, APL is supported by
over 100 employees in three offices across Tokyo, Osaka, and Yokohama.