APL Strengthens Intra-Asia Footprint with New Korea China Straits Service and Renews Terminal Lease at Port of Kaohsiung
APL announced the launch of a new Korea China Straits (KCS) service that will serve the key Asian markets of China, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. The weekly service will link Nansha in South China to the Straits of Singapore and Port Klang as well as Indonesia; offer superior transit between Indonesia and Manila; and call Lianyungang in Jiangsu where few carriers provide access to.
The KCS service will reinforce APL’s footprint in Intra-Asia where the carrier seeks to fortify its presence as a leading ocean carrier. The offering injects new capacity that allows APL to transport shipments from North Asia to its network of ports across Southeast Asia. It also offers yet another option that shippers can leverage for market access and competitive advantage.
The KCS service will be operated with five Panamax vessels through a Vessel Sharing Agreement with Cheng Lie Navigation.
Commencing its first southbound sailing from Dalian on 18 November 2017, the KCS service will call the ports of Dalian, Xingang, Lianyungang, Kwangyang, Pusan, Shanghai, Nansha, Singapore, Port Klang, Jakarta, Surabaya and Manila.
On the other hand an agreement was signed between American President Lines LLC, Taiwan Branch and Taiwan International Ports Corporation Ltd, to renew APL’s terminal lease at the Port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The signed deal retains APL’s current terminal plot in the Kaohsiung port for another 10 years from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2027.
Nicolas Sartini, APL Chief Executive Officer said, “Today, Intra-Asia container volume accounts for one-sixth of all containers moved globally. We see further growth prospects in this trade where APL is seeking to be a major player. Our terminal in the Port of Kaohsiung will therefore be strategic for our advancement in Intra-Asia where we are connecting the key markets of Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam amongst others via the relay hub today.”
The terminal currently receives the vessels of APL and other carriers including CMA CGM. With an annual capacity of 1.5 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEU), the facility boasts a productivity rate that tops 36 container moves per hour.
Operating two cargo berths with a linear quay length of 640 metres and draft of 15.2 metres, the APL-operated terminal is well-situated and equipped to handle ships of up to 14,000 TEUs.
The 101-acre terminal also comprises a container freight station, a 21,000-TEU yard, three maintenance and repair workshops, two warehouses and two gas stations that provide value-added onsite logistics support to APL shippers.
In the months ahead, APL will be upgrading its terminal operating system, increasing its capability to enhance operational excellence.
21 October 2017