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APL receives twin honours at Seatrade Asia Awards 2011

APL, the world’s seventh largest container shipping carrier, won the Liner Owner/Operator and Environment Protection Awards at the fourth Seatrade Asia Awards here last Friday evening. An international panel of maritime judges honored APL from a field that included Maersk Line and OOCL.

“Winning these awards reflects our commitment to our customers and to sustainable global trade,” said Alvin See, Vice President for APL in Hong Kong and South China.

The Liner Owner/Operator Award was given to the shipping line in Asia judged best in class in schedule reliability and network development, as well as innovation in customer service. The Environment Protection Award went to the organisation which had taken significant steps to reduce its environmental footprint, invest in green technology and promote environmental awareness.

The environmental award follows two milestones in the past two months that will reduce emissions from APL ships. In May, APL became the first and only carrier to cold-iron ships at the Port of Oakland, thereby eliminating vessel exhaust at berth. In April, it became the first carrier to switch vessels to cleaner-burning low-sulphur fuel at the Port of Singapore.

APL was also a finalist in the Technical Innovation category of the Seatrade Asia 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.