This weekend, APL has taken delivery of the sixth unit in a series of ten 13,900 teu neo-overpanamax container ships ordered in June 2011 at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries of South Korea. The ship, originally to become the APL AGILE, has been chartered out to Mitsui O.S.K. Lines straight from delivery and it sails under the name MOL QUARTZ.
The newbuilding is scheduled to phase into the G6-Alliance’s Asia to Europe Loop 7 at Qingdao today. The ship is the third 13,900 teu unit in this particular service, which is otherwise maintained with APL-operated 10,000 teu ships.
Altogether, five of APL’s ten new 13,900 teu vessels will be operated by the Singapore-based carrier itself, while the remaining five ships are to be chartered out to Japan’s MOL, which is one of APL’s partner carriers in the New World Alliance and G6-super alliance.