LONDON, 14 OCTOBER 2011: International maritime experts yesterday again named APL the world’s best shipping line, and honoured it for outstanding innovation.
The Singapore-based container carrier received the Global Ocean Carrier of the Year award as well as the Innovation IT of the Year award here at the Containerisation International awards. An eight-strong judging panel selected APL from a field of finalists including Maersk Line, CMA CGM and Hyundai Merchant Marine.
It was the second time in three weeks the maritime industry has honored APL as the world’s top shipping line. In September, it won the Ship Operator Award at the Lloyd’s List global awards.
“We’re delighted to once more be recognized by industry peers for shipping excellence,” said APL President Kenneth Glenn. “This is an affirmation of our focus on providing customers with schedule reliability and service integrity.”
APL earned the Innovation IT of the Year award for its proprietary SMARTemp™ service. SMARTemp™ uses satellite tracking to continually monitor the temperature and humidity of refrigerated containers carrying sensitive cargo – making oceanfreight a viable option for shippers with cargo traditionally moved via air.
The awards are the latest in a series of honors given to APL during 2011. The others include:
- In June, the carrier was named Liner Owner/Operator of the Year by Seatrade Asia magazine.
- In April, APL was named best shipping line in both the Trans-Pacific and Asia-Europe trades at the Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards.
APL is a global container shipping business offering more than 80 weekly services and more than 500 calls at more than 140 ports worldwide. It combines world-class intermodal operations with leading-edge IT and e-commerce. APL is a unit of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), global shipping and logistics company. APL Web site: www.apl.com
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