Singapore-headquartered shipping liner APL has launched a new weekly service to enhance its network coverage in North and South America.
According to APL’s corporate statement, the new America Caribbean Express (ACX) service will link Central America with the US East Coast, and will be operated through a vessel sharing agreement with shipping and containerisation company SeaLand. In addition, the ACX will be serviced by three vessels of 1,700 teu nominal capacity each for direct service with fixed day arrivals from Colombia and Panama to the US East Coast.
Efraín Osorio, head of Latin America trade in APL, believes that the new service helps to “expands APL’s suite of services” to its customers. He highlighted that those customers engaged in moving refrigerated cargo will benefit from the new service because of the swift transits assisted by a “modern fleet of reefer equipment and priority handling of reefer cargo”.
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APL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines, has planned the first sailing of the service to depart from Manzanillo, Panama in late June or early July 2015, subject to the regulatory approvals.
Upon commencement, the ACX service will provide APL’s customers with connections to the carrier’s feeder network via the Manzanillo International Terminal hub in Panama, as well as integrated intermodal connections to inland US East Coast destinations.