APL strengthens intra-Asia footprint


APL today 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.

It said the weekly service linking Nansha in South China to the Straits of Singapore and Port Klang as well as Indonesia, will “offer superior transit between Indonesia and Manila; and call Lianyungang in Jiangsu, where few carriers provide access to”.

APL added: “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.  

APL provides container shipping and terminal services, as well as intermodal operations, including transcontinental cargo shipping across Asia, North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and Australia through more than 110 weekly services calling ports in over 70 countries worldwide.