A few days ago already, APL has taken delivery of the APL CHARLESTON, a 8,500 teu vessel built by DSME of South Korea. The new ship is to phase into the China to Middle East service jointly operated by APL (‘WAX’) and MOL (‘CMI’). The new ship replaces the 6,350 teu APL TURKEY.
The new APL CHARLESTON is the sixth of 12 sisters that APL has contracted at DSME. She follows the recently-delivered APL SAVANNAH.
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.