Singapore-based APL, a unit of global shipping and logistics company Neptune Orient Lines, has received the delivery of a 9,200-TEU (20-foot equivalent unit) container ship that it named APL Savannah at ceremonies last week at the Port of Los Angeles.
The APL Savannah is the fifth in a series of twelve 9,200-TEU vessels to be delivered to APL and is also the first box ship to be named at the Port of Los Angeles.
APL Savannah and her sister ships are the largest in the company’s fleet to ply the trans-Pacific trade between Asia and the U.S. on the South Asia Express (SAX) service, rotating ports in San Pedro, Busan, Kaohsiung, Chiwan, Yantian, and Singapore.
The new 9,200-TEU series is designed for greater operational efficiency and more environmentally sustainable operations, and features a redesigned hull that reduces resistance for less fuel consumed for propulsion.
“APL has taken active steps to invest in green technology on our new ships to minimize our carbon footprint and promote sustainable global trade,” said Kenneth Glenn, president of APL.