On Thursday, August 14, staff from The Port Authority’s Port Commerce Department presented a plaque to the captain of the APL Mexico City to commemorate her maiden voyage. Newly delivered from Daewoo’s Okpo shipyard in South Korea June 30th, the APL Mexico City docked at Global Terminals as part of the China East Coast (CEC) service. At 9,200 TEU’s, the vessel is equal to the largest ships that call the Port. It arrived at Global with ocean containers stacked eight tiers high on deck.
The CEC service deploys vessels between 8,700 and 9,300 TEUs and calls Vietnam direct, transits to China and Singapore, and makes The Port of New York and New Jersey its first port of call. Before sailing back to Asia via the Suez, the vessel calls Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on its return voyage.
Along with the APL Houston, the Mexico City serves in the G6 Vessel Sharing Agreement’s all-water service to New York as an effect of APL’s vessel cascading program. The APL Mexico City is the last of a 34 ship new building program undertaken by NOL, the parent company of American President Lines.