Tuesday, May 18, 2010

APL Awarded New Oakland Port Award for 2009 Volume

Singapore-based ocean carrier APL has been awarded the Port of Oakland's inaugural award for a carrier moving the most cargo through the port in a single year.

Port Executive Director Omar Benjamin presented the “Highest Volume Carrier 2009” award to APL officials during a May 12 ceremony.

Benjamin cited APL's tremendous volume growth at the port during 2009, during which the carrier handled 244,249 TEUs – a 30 percent increase over the carrier's 2008 volume through Oakland. APL's total volume represented just under 12 percent of the port's total container volume for 2009.

Benjamin praised APL as an important port partner and said that the carrier's numbers were even more remarkable given the severe economic conditions facing the shipping industry last year.

APL, which calls at five West Coast ports including Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle, Tacoma, and Vancouver, B.C., operates out of an 80-acre terminal at Oakland.