APL said its largest and most advanced ship, the 10,700-TEU APL Southampton
, called on the Port of Singapore during its maiden voyage Monday.
APL noted the ship has a number of environmental-friendly features, including a ballast water treatment system and an electronically-controlled main engine.
"We are modernizing our fleet with more sustainable and more efficient ships," said APL President Kenneth Glenn, in a statement. "All our new vessels coming onstream hereon will have better technology and more advanced features as we continue to pursue our environmental agenda relentlessly."
APL will deploy 30 more new vessels in the next three years. They will have an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) that is nearly 30 percent greater than what is required by the International Maritime Organization, and APL said it willl reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by 2015.
liner carrier said the ballast water treatment technology on its ships is in line with the framework provided in the IMO's Ballast Water Management Convention, which will enter into force 12 months after ratification by 30 states, representing 35 percent of world merchant shipping tonnage.