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APL named world’s top shipping line

International maritime experts last night named APL the world’s outstanding shipping line. The Singapore-based container carrier received the Ship Operator Award here at the Lloyd’s List global awards.

A panel of nine independent judges including direct industry competitors made the selection. APL was chosen from a field of finalists including Maersk Line, Pacific Basin Shipping and Seaspan Ship Management.

“We’re pleased to be recognized by industry peers for shipping excellence,” said APL President Kenneth Glenn. “This is a tribute to everyone at APL who devotes themselves to our customers and the growth of global trade.”

The Ship Operator Award is the latest in a series of honors given to APL during 2011. In June, the carrier was named the 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.

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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), global shipping and logistics company.