APL has taken delivery of the 8,110 teu container vessel APL ANTWERP, the second of two sisters from Japan’s Imabari Koyo Dockyard. The ship flollows the APL LATVIA, handed over in February.
Originally ordered in 2006 as 6,350 teu Koyo standard type ships (299.00m x 40.00m), APL later renegotiated the contracts for the pair to larger vessels. At the same time, the delivery dates were deferred by more than three years in the aftermaths of the crisis.
The APL ANTWERP and her sister are 320.00m long and 45.60m (18 rows) wide. They resemble Koyo’s 2008-built sister vessels MOL COSMOS and MOL CONTINUITY, though it appears that the design has been somewhat revised – presumably to adapt the ships to today’s changed market environment.
APL sent its newest vessels to the Pacific trade, where she is to join the carrier’s ‘SAX’ service, which links Singapore, the Pearl River Delta, Taiwan and Korea with Los Angeles, the loop’s only American port of call.