APL has taken delivery of the 13,900 teu neo-overpanamax container ship APL RAFFLES, the third in a series of ten APL-owned jumbos from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries of Mokpo, South Korea. The ship, originally slated for delivery under the name APL ACCOLADE, is to join the G6-Alliance’s Asia to Europe Loop 7 in the coming days. The newbuilding will be the largest vessel in this service, which is presently maintained with a fleet of nine 10,000+ teu ships.
The APL RAFFLES follows the lead ship of the series, APL TEMASEK which was delivered in March and the MOL QUEST, delivered in March.
Five of APL’s new 13,900 teu ships will be operated by the Singpore-based carrier itself, while the remaing five ships are to be chartered out Japan’s MOL, which is one of APL’s partner carriers in the New World Alliance and G6-super alliance.
APL’s and MOL’s joint 13,900 teu series was designed in cooperation with DNV. The ships are optimized for moderate service speeds and low fuel consumption. They are the first jumbo twin-isle ships designed with a fully enclosed bridge and the vessels’ deck houses are built with flush outside bulkheads in order to keep the crew safe from pirate attacks
The APL RAFFLES is named after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles (1781-1826), a British statesman, politician and the founding father of the city of Singapore, today the Republic of Singapore.