What we do

Making waves in global trade

NOL is the largest container shipping company listed on the Singapore Exchange (SGX). With more than 7,000 employees and offices located in over 40 countries, the Group delivers quality services through its core business, APL. In 2015, we transported a volume of 2.4 million forty-foot equivalent units (FEU) worldwide.

Moving Business Forward

APL, one of the world’s leading ocean carriers, offers more than 90 weekly services and call ports in over 50 countries worldwide. We provide container transportation through our international shipping network which combines high-quality intermodal operations with state-of-the-art information technology, equipment and e-commerce. 


APL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines. With over 160 years of experience, APL has the knowledge and the expertise to help our customers grow their businesses and negotiate in an increasingly complex and ever-changing global marketplace – whether that is venturing into new territories or growing in already developed markets.  


With our highly competitive transit times, reputation for service reliability and excellence and commitment to sustainable global trade, shippers the world over place their trust in us to provide them the value they need to compete in today’s global economy.


Environmental Sustainability

APL aims to minimize the environmental impact of its growth and prove that rising global trade and a healthy planet can be compatible aims. Energy Efficient Design Index Innovative technology and design results in an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) improvement on new builds that is 33.4% below the International Maritime Organization's base line for containerships. Initiatives APL's original target, to reduce C02 emissions 30% below the 2009 baseline level by 2015, was achieved two years early when APL successfully reduced CO2 emissions by 33.8% in 2013. 'Green' vessels featuring the latest energy saving technology and operated at reduced speeds will give the carbon exhaust cuts significant impetus. APL is also undertaking additional steps to curb carbon emissions as part of its commitment to sustainability.

These include

  • Optimizing vessel trim, speed and routing
  • Improving maintenance on vessel hulls to reduce drag in the water
  • Upgrading cargo handling equipment at APL terminals

Click here to read about our various environmental initiatives or visit NOL Group, our parent company.