American President Lines Ltd. (now simply referred to as APL) is the world's sixth largest container transportation and shipping company, providing services to more than 140 countries through a network combining intermodal operations with IT and e-commerce. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), based in Singapore - a global transportation and logistics company engaged in shipping and related businesses. APL has offices in approximately 80 countries worldwide. Thousands of shipping containers at the terminal at Port Elizabeth, New Jersey A container ship being loaded by a portainer crane in Copenhagen Harbour A container freight train in England Part of an American doublestack container train Containerization is a system of intermodal cargo transport using standard ISO containers that... Shipping is the transport of cargo between seaports by ships, typically large steel vessels powered by diesel engines or steam turbine plants. ... Intermodal is a term that refers to more than one mode of transport. ... Neptune Orient Lines. ...
Because of the dangerously inferior condition of the American merchant marine at the time that legislation was passed, a large and immediate construction program was necessary to replace tonnage which presently would be obsolete.
The problem common to all operators of replacing any of their American vessels bought during post-war bargain sales, is complicated in the domestic trade by the higher degree of obsolescence and the exclusion of this fleet from the subsidy provisions available to ships engaged in the overseas or foreign services.
This line, formerly the Dollar Steamship Company, was renamed the AmericanPresidentLines, and with the installation of new management, the company's regular round-the-world service was resumed.
American Export Lines, New York, was the biggest US-flag shipping company between the US east coast and the Mediterranean from 1919 to 1977, offering both cargo ship services and passenger ship services, until declaring bankruptcy and was acquired by Farrell Lines, New York.
Hitherto, the American Export ships had carried a maximum of 12 passengers, and as an indication of their new policy two of the existing fleet, the EXARCH and EXCELSIOR, were converted to carry 37 passengers, all in outside cabins on the bridge deck.
The American Export Lines were acquired on 28 March 1978 by FARRELL LINES INC of New York, a line dating back to 1926 and running services from East and Gulf Coasts of the USA to West, South and East Africa and to Australia and New Zealand.
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