At the end of the past week, Singapore-based APL has taken delivery of the 8,500 teu vessel APL BOSTON. The ship was built by DSME of South Korea as the third ship in a series of twelve identical sisters. It follows the APL NEW YORK, delivered in May.
Originally ordered in July 2010 as part of a ten-ship series of 17-row-wide standard 8,500 teu ships, APL later opted to change the type’s design. In June 2011, the Singaporean carrier and the Korean shipyard agreed to build the ships as compact 18-row-wide units with a bulkier hull and more compact exterior dimensions. Simultaneously, APL added orders for two more sister ships to bring the series to twelve units instead of ten.
The series’ ships are 328.20m long and 45.20m wide. The stated container capacity of 8,500 teu is a conservative estimate, since APL did not yet disclose the actual teu intake.
The new APL BOSTON has joined the carrier’s Southeast Asia and Far East to California Service ‘SAX’. This service is operated by a fleet of seven APL vessels and it turns in 49 days. APL’s New World Alliance friends Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Hyundai Merchant Marine have slot allocations on the loop.
APL’s ‘American cities’ series will continue with the APL PHOENIX, APL CHARLESTON, APL SAVANNAH and six further vessels yet to be named.