APL Most Efficient Say Truckers

Oct. 14, 2009
For the fifth time in 10 years,a harbor trucking group has selected ocean container carrier APL as most efficient

Global shipping line APL, the world’s fifth-largest container carrier, has been acknowledged as one of the most efficient terminal operators.

For the fifth time this decade, a harbor trucking association honored APL for terminal excellence, says the company The award came from the Southern California-based Harbor Truckers for a Sustainable Future. They recognized APL’s Global Gateway South as the Most Efficient Marine Terminal at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

“When truckers come through our gate, they are our customers and we’ve got to treat them well and get them back on the road quickly,” said Nathaniel “Than” Seeds, vice president of Operations in The Americas for APL. “So awards such as this one are a great source of satisfaction for APL.

Twice this decade, the California Truckers Association has named Global Gateway South the Fastest and Best Overall Marine Terminal at the ports in Long Beach and Los Angeles, said APL. On two other occasions, the New Jersey-based Bi-State Motor Carriers hailed APL’s South Kearny, NJ container terminal as the Best Off-Pier Terminal in New York and New Jersey.

The honor was based on a survey of harbor truckers and motor carriers who work at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. They rated 14 Southern California marine terminals in categories such as gate queues, turn times and wait time at help windows, explained APL.

APL’s turn time–the amount of time required for a trucker to complete a drop-off and pick-up in one trip–was measured at 50 minutes. That’s among the fastest at either port.