APL named fifth of their 12 new container ships on a ceremony at the Los Angeles port.
Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) expects its container shipping subsidiary - APL, based in Singapour to be delivered with twelve 9,200 TEU ships. The of fifth of them was named at a ceremony at the port of Los Angeles. The ship was given the name APL Savannah and is the first container ever to be named at this port.
Yat Chung Group President and CEO of NOL comments the event: “Today, we celebrate our long history of more than 160 years in the US, and our commitment to and investment in the Trans-Pacific trade,” said Ng Yat Chung, Group President and CEO of NOL...We are upsizing and upgrading our ships calling here, and remain firmly committed to provide our customers a competitive product with comprehensive service coverage and leading customer service.”
The new 12 ships are the biggest APL operates on the South Asia Express between the USA and Asia, using the ports of San Pedro, Singapore, Chiwan, Yantian, and Kaohsung.
Grandmother of APL Savannah was Jeannie Livers, Kohl's department stores Transportation director, who broke the champagne bottle. The mayor of Los Angeles also attended the ceremony.
According to APL the new vessel will be much more efficient and environmentally friendlier. This is achieved by new hull shape that decreases resistance resulting in a lesser fuel consumption and harmful gases emission. APL new ships' Energy Efficiency Design Index is certified to be 30,54% better than the International Maritime Organisation recommendations.