APL was named ‘Containership Operator of the Year’ at the Lloyd’s List Asia Pacific Awards 2018 last evening. The Award marks an acknowledgement of APL’s robust service network, commercial advancement, operational excellence and responsible environmental management.
APL Chief Executive Officer, Nicolas Sartini said, “This Award is symbolic of APL’s pioneering spirit that has delivered excellence. We have continued to fortify APL’s presence in Asia and beyond while we introduce compelling logistics management solutions such as Eagle GO Guaranteed and Eagle Express X service that bring supply chain certainty. As we build on our dynamic service network, our customer-centric culture will seek to add value, offering differentiated propositions that move cargo more efficiently and surely.”
Maintaining its growth momentum, APL recorded revenue and volumes of US$2.98 billion and 2.6 million TEU respectively in the first half of the year ended 30 June 2018.
Compared to the first six months of 2017, APL saw volume grow on almost all the trade lanes it serves. In particular, APL’s stronghold Intra-Asia market saw an improved product mix and a 13% volume increase. Respectively on Latin America and the Trans-Atlantic, APL transported 21% and 35% more cargo than the same period last year. Volumes carried on the Trans-Pacific and Asia-Europe trades grew by 3% and 5% respectively.
The trade performance is attributable to its commercial advancements as APL steered ahead with 36 services of the OCEAN ALLIANCE, 12 new APL services and two refined services this year. The carrier also expanded its Eagle GO Guaranteed offering that guarantees equipment and vessel space on board its Asia-North America; Europe-US and Asia-Oceania services.
In August, APL’s newly launched Eagle Express X (EXX) service made waves with its 11-day ocean transit; as well as expeditious last mile delivery of import cargo with same-day cargo availability at the Eagle Marine Services terminal in Los Angeles.