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APL wins inaugural U.S. Coast Guard security award

Global container carrier APL has won the 2013-2014 Rear Admiral Richard E. Bennis Award for Excellence in Maritime Security, conferred by the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

APL was recognized as ‘Company of the Year’ for its strong commitment to U.S. security as well as the marine transportation system, particularly its outstanding contributions towards the implementation of the U.S. Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) requirements.

“APL is honored to receive the Bennis Award as it is a perfect complement to the Osprey Award, the USCG’s highest environmental accolade which we received in 2012,” said APL President Kenneth Glenn. “With these back-to-back award wins from the USCG, APL demonstrates an unequivocal dedication to securing international maritime trade and protecting the marine environment. We endeavor to fulfill this same commitment in every operating location across the globe.”

The newly-created, bi-annual Bennis Award aims to encourage organizations to develop a comprehensive culture of security by assessing their overall security programs, seeking creative solutions to address known risks, building a system of continuous improvement, and sharing best practices that will benefit similar organizations.

In congratulating APL and the other award winners, U.S. Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy Rear Admiral Paul Thomas said, “I applaud this year’s Bennis Award recipients for demonstrating best practices in leveraging partnerships, developing business practices and implementing physical security measures that build a culture of security in their organizations. We all own the marine transportation system and have a part in securing it. We must stay focused on our security systems to guard against complacency and to prepare for emerging threats, including cyber attacks.”

The award categories in this year’s race were Company of the Year, Port Authority of the Year and Facility of the Year. Organizations were scored in criteria such as partnerships, people, process, physical security and other security activities.

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About APL

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), a global shipping and logistics company.