APL Expands West Asia Express to Include Port Call at Nhava Sheva

APL Egypt Port Call Represents New Port Opportunities for India



Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from APL

    MUMBAI, India, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- APL has committed some of its
 largest containerships to regular port calls at the Nhava Sheva International
 Container Terminal (NSICT), adding the Mumbai port to its West Asia Express
 (WAX) service.  The APL Egypt made its debut call this morning.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010308/APLEAGLELOGO )
     "By bringing bigger ships into India on a regular basis and with our
 advanced supply-chain services, we are able to respond to exporters' growing
 needs promptly in India.  APL has long been a proponent of greater access for
 larger ships in India, and bringing the WAX service here is part of that
 commitment," said NOL Group President and CEO Flemming Jacobs, who is visiting
 the group's India operations, APL and APL Logistics, in Delhi and Mumbai this
 week.
     Earlier this year, APL Egypt's sister ship, the APL Arabia, made its first
 port call at NSICT so APL could assess the feasibility of adding the port to
 the WAX service.  At that time it was the largest containership to ever call
 at a port in India.
     "We were very pleased with the outcome of the Arabia visit," said
 Daniel McHugh, APL President, Asia/Middle East.  "APL has always played a role
 in helping ports think about the future of container shipping.  This goes back
 to the late 1980s, when APL introduced the first post-Panamax ships."
     "Adding Nhava Sheva to our WAX service is proof that the foreign trade of
 India can move directly from India's major ports, but also that these ports
 can act as transshipment hubs," said Mr. Jacobs.  "Adding a service with
 bigger ships is just one facet of this reality.  For India to grow also as a
 transshipment hub will take a commitment to optimizing India's transportation
 infrastructure -- and we are ready to play our part, as we are to
 substantially grow the supply-chain management capabilities that are supported
 by the transfer of information technology," Mr. Jacobs added.  "By bringing in
 bigger ships, information capabilities and logistics solutions, we are
 bringing to our customers in India the same advantages their peers have
 elsewhere."
     "The APL Egypt enables our customers to increase their export trade," said
 Ian Claxton, APL Managing Director for India.  "As container ships continue to
 grow in size, India's ports are answering the call to accommodate larger
 ships, thereby ensuring that businesses can continue to import and export
 their goods efficiently."
     The APL Egypt is 294m in length and has a service speed of 24 knots.  The
 ship was completed last year at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South
 Korea, and is one of the newest additions to APL's containership fleet.
     The WAX service connects the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent with
 APL's extensive intra-Asia network, along with Europe, Latin America and North
 America.  The ship currently calls at Fujairah, Jebel Ali, Singapore,
 Kaohsiung and Hong Kong.
     APL supports the growth of industries and the expansion of India's
 businesses by providing integrated container transportation, logistics and
 distribution solutions.  APL has been a part of commerce in India since 1910,
 when it operated its first service from India to the United States.
     APL provides customers around the world with container transportation and
 logistics services through a network combining high-quality intermodal
 operations with state-of-the-art information technology.  APL is the container
 and logistics arm of Neptune Orient Lines Limited, a global transportation and
 logistics company engaged in shipping and related businesses.
 
 

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    MUMBAI, India, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- APL has committed some of its
 largest containerships to regular port calls at the Nhava Sheva International
 Container Terminal (NSICT), adding the Mumbai port to its West Asia Express
 (WAX) service.  The APL Egypt made its debut call this morning.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010308/APLEAGLELOGO )
     "By bringing bigger ships into India on a regular basis and with our
 advanced supply-chain services, we are able to respond to exporters' growing
 needs promptly in India.  APL has long been a proponent of greater access for
 larger ships in India, and bringing the WAX service here is part of that
 commitment," said NOL Group President and CEO Flemming Jacobs, who is visiting
 the group's India operations, APL and APL Logistics, in Delhi and Mumbai this
 week.
     Earlier this year, APL Egypt's sister ship, the APL Arabia, made its first
 port call at NSICT so APL could assess the feasibility of adding the port to
 the WAX service.  At that time it was the largest containership to ever call
 at a port in India.
     "We were very pleased with the outcome of the Arabia visit," said
 Daniel McHugh, APL President, Asia/Middle East.  "APL has always played a role
 in helping ports think about the future of container shipping.  This goes back
 to the late 1980s, when APL introduced the first post-Panamax ships."
     "Adding Nhava Sheva to our WAX service is proof that the foreign trade of
 India can move directly from India's major ports, but also that these ports
 can act as transshipment hubs," said Mr. Jacobs.  "Adding a service with
 bigger ships is just one facet of this reality.  For India to grow also as a
 transshipment hub will take a commitment to optimizing India's transportation
 infrastructure -- and we are ready to play our part, as we are to
 substantially grow the supply-chain management capabilities that are supported
 by the transfer of information technology," Mr. Jacobs added.  "By bringing in
 bigger ships, information capabilities and logistics solutions, we are
 bringing to our customers in India the same advantages their peers have
 elsewhere."
     "The APL Egypt enables our customers to increase their export trade," said
 Ian Claxton, APL Managing Director for India.  "As container ships continue to
 grow in size, India's ports are answering the call to accommodate larger
 ships, thereby ensuring that businesses can continue to import and export
 their goods efficiently."
     The APL Egypt is 294m in length and has a service speed of 24 knots.  The
 ship was completed last year at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South
 Korea, and is one of the newest additions to APL's containership fleet.
     The WAX service connects the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent with
 APL's extensive intra-Asia network, along with Europe, Latin America and North
 America.  The ship currently calls at Fujairah, Jebel Ali, Singapore,
 Kaohsiung and Hong Kong.
     APL supports the growth of industries and the expansion of India's
 businesses by providing integrated container transportation, logistics and
 distribution solutions.  APL has been a part of commerce in India since 1910,
 when it operated its first service from India to the United States.
     APL provides customers around the world with container transportation and
 logistics services through a network combining high-quality intermodal
 operations with state-of-the-art information technology.  APL is the container
 and logistics arm of Neptune Orient Lines Limited, a global transportation and
 logistics company engaged in shipping and related businesses.
 
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