APL has taken delivery of the 8,500 teu vessel APL PHOENIX. The vessel was built by DSME of South Korea. The new ship is to phase into the Far Eat to North American West Coast loop ‘SAX’, where she will replace the 6,966 teu APL WASHINGTON.
The new APL PHOENIX is the fourth of 12 sister ships that APL has ordered. She follows the APL BOSTON, delivered in July.
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.