The first vessel in the latest APL service enhancement called at SCT at the end of March and this maiden call turned out to be notable in several respects.
With a capacity of 4,000 TEU capacity and 40,000 GRT, the 'APL ARGENTINA' was one of the biggest container ships ever to berth at SCT - but even more significantly, the time-pressed vessel was worked at record speed by the terminal, with a productivity of over 115 moves per hour, thanks to the usual SCT time-saving efficiency and good operational assistance from the line.
Terminal Manager Paul Hennessy said:
"We always get excellent co-operation from APL, and of course this helps to make our task easier and ensures that we can achieve optimum efficiency to speed the operation at the terminal. On this occasion of the maiden call of the first of APL's new series of bigger ships, it is especially gratifying that together we could achieve a record-breaking performance".