APL Panama remains aground on soft sand some 1.5 nm south east of the entrance to the port of Ensenada, Mexico. Salvors have succeeded in maneuvering the bow of the vessel some 20 degrees towards deeper water over the past week, in order to assist the next re-floating effort. The APL Panama remains structurally intact and secure and it is hoped that another concerted effort to re-float her can be made toward the end of next week, when tide conditions are more favorable. This next stage of the operation will utilize powerful hydraulic pulling machines which will double the capacity of the strong tugs already standing by the vessel. In the meantime, the salvors have succeeded in transferring the fuel oil to a bunker barge at the port of Ensenada. Specialist anti-pollution contractors have been hired by the salvors, and are on permanent standby throughout the operation, where they will remain until the vessel is safely re-floated. The grounding occurred while the APL Panama awaited the Ensenada Pilot on December 26. The Master was not attempting to enter port without a pilot, nor was the vessel behind schedule and trying to make up time by deliberately approaching nearer the shore than she should have. An enquiry into the grounding is being conducted by the Mexican authorities, which the owners, MS ‘Mare Britannicum’ Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co+ KG, are fully cooperating with.
Danaos Corporation announced that during the course of the last week it delivered the vessel APL Scotland back to its charterer, APL, for a total price of $44.5m. Further, Danaos Corporation also announced that APL has declared their purchase option regarding the APL Belgium according to their existing agreement with Danaos. This represents the last out of the four purchase options APL had with Danaos. Danaos now expects to sell this vessel back to APL at the end of its charter on or about
Neptune Orient Lines Ltd, (NOL) has hired two veteran officials at Sea-Land Service as senior executives in its container transportation arm, APL. Edward W. Aldridge, currently Senior Vice President for North America at Sea-Land will become President of APL's Americas Region. Daniel J. McHugh, currently Vice President of the Americas Division at Sea-Land, will become President of APL's Asia-Middle East Region. Tim Rhein, current President and CEO of APL Limited
Shipping line is first to use low-sulphur fuel at port; expects 90% emissions reduction SINGAPORE: 12 APRIL, 2011 - NOL Group today announced a maritime milestone: its vessels will become the first to use cleaner-burning, low-sulphur gas oil in Singapore. The decision is expected to curb sulphur oxides emissions from ships by almost 90%. Sulphur oxides are considered a key component of acid rain. Ash and particulate matter emissions could be reduced by 80% to 90%.
APL today won the Best Trans-Pacific Shipping Line accolade at the 28th Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards (AFSCAs). This is the third time in four years that APL has emerged as the preferred liner in this category, following wins in 2011 and 2012. Determined by votes cast by readers of Cargonews Asia, APL clinched the award for its leading performance in schedule integrity, customer service support and its comprehensive port calls in the Trans-Pacific trade.
APL was the most reliable carrier with a global on-time performance of 85.5% in May 2015, according to the latest Global Liner Performance Report by SeaIntel Maritime Analysis. The report, which ranks the performance of the top 20 carriers, says that there was a global improvement in container lines’ schedule reliability from April to May 2015. It noted that schedule reliability increased considerably in May to a global performance of 78.3% compared to 72
APL and law enforcement officials including the FBI successfully tested anti-terrorism capabilities at the shipping line’s Seattle, Washington marine terminal. It was the seventh full-scale security exercise conducted by the global container carrier in the past six years. The day-long drill involved 200 people with representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, port police and fire department
Diana Containerships Inc. (Nasdaq:DCIX), signed two Memoranda of Agreement with APL (Bermuda) Ltd. for the purchase of two Panamax container vessels, the m/v "APL Sardonyx" and the m/v "APL Spinel". The m/v "APL Sardonyx" is a 1995-built vessel of approximately 4,750 TEU capacity and the m/v "APL Spinel" is a 1996-built vessel of approximately 4,750 TEU capacity. The purchase price for each vessel is $30 million
A collaboration between APL, Hyundai Heavy Industries and DNV will make APL's new ships more fuel-efficient. The new hull design will will make APL’s 10 new ultra large container ships some 20 per cent more fuel efficient per TEU compared with existing designs says DNV. The design has been optimized for an operating profile along the Far East to Europe trade route involving nine speed and draught combinations
APL today introduced a new fortnightly U.S.-flagged service to Guam and Saipan. The Guam Saipan Express (GSX) will connect with APL’s weekly U.S.-flagged Eagle Express service (EX1) in Yokohama, giving Guam and Saipan shippers an alternative for shipping from the U.S. mainland. Apart from facilitating cargo shipments from the U.S. mainland, where about 75% of Guam’s inbound freight originates
The Panama Canal continues to experience an increase in transit backlog due to recent locks maintenance work, coupled with high arrivals during the last week of September. In response to this situation, scheduled non-critical maintenance work was postponed and additional crews have been
DP World is expanding its container terminal at Port of Caucedo following the expansion of the Panama Canal to accommodate larger container ships, reports ASC. DP World will increase the capacity of the port to 2.5-million TEU and started work to increase the depth of the quay wall
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced a new tonnage record, welcoming 340.8 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS) through the canal for the 2015 fiscal year – a 4.3 percent increase year-on-year. This year's record surpasses the previous record of 333
SAAM SMIT Towage, a joint venture between SAAM S.A. of Chile and Dutch company Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., has signed a contract for the purchase of a Damen Tug 2913 for delivery in early 2016, the shipbuilder announced today. This order
Draught conditions have led the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to set draft restrictions for vessels operating in the canal. ACP described the restriction as temporary and preventive measure due to the El Niño climate phenomenon resulting in periodic warming of the tropical Pacific
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has issued an updated Advisory to Shipping to alert all Canal shipping agents, owners and operators that water conditions at this time do not warrant the need to institute a second draft restriction, which was tentatively scheduled for September 15, 2015
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has lifted scheduled vessel draft restrictions brought on by lingering draught conditions in the region. The ACP had previously set restrictions of 11.89 meters Tropical Fresh Water (TFW) to take effect September 8 due to the effects of an El
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) awaits formal GUPC report on water seepage issue; program 93 percent complete The filling of the Panama Canal’s new locks began in June, marking the start of a planned and methodical phase of operational testing of the Locks, including its culvert valves
Press release - Diana Containerships has signed a Memorandum of Agreement to sell to an unaffiliated third party the 1995-built vessel "Garnet" (formerly "APL Garnet") for demolition, with delivery due to the buyer by the end of September 2015
Though cracks were detected in the concrete walls of one of the locks of the newly expanded Panama Canal last month, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is maintaining an April 2016 start date for the revamped inter-oceanic waterway, reports Fox News.
The Panama Canal cruise ship season 2015-2016 will officially begin on October 3 with the transit of Costa Luminosa, on a voyage from Italy around the world. “Approximately 220 cruise ships are expected to transit through the Panama Canal during this season that spans from October 2015 to
Members of the G6 Alliance today announced the Winter Program for Asia – North America services in response to traditional seasonal changes in market demand. The following are the temporary service suspensions: Asia – North America East Coast Service
Nicaragua's planned $50 billion canal project is "fraught with risks and uncertainties," and could cause more harm than good unless the government and its Chinese builder fund a host of mitigation measures, an environmental consultancy said.
The seepage found in the Panama Canal’s third set of locks is said to be the result of an inadequate amount of steel reinforcement, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced today. ACP said it was informed by the contractor responsible for the design and construction of the
The consortium in charge of the expansion of the Panama Canal, led by Sacyr reported that the fissures presented in the third set of locks will not delay the opening date scheduled for April 2016. The Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC)