APL launches new Guam Saipan Express

APL has announced plans to introduce a new fortnightly US-flagged service to Guam and Saipan. The Guam Saipan Express (GSX) is expected to connect with APL’s weekly US-flagged Eagle Express service (EX1) in Yokohama, Japan, giving Guam and Saipan shippers an alternative for shipping from the U.S. mainland.

APL President, Kenneth Glenn said, “We are excited about this new addition to APL’s global service network. We are confident that our services, backed by our track record and familiarity with Guam’s operating environment, will serve both the U.S. government and local businesses well.

A dedicated APL vessel of 1,100 TEU is expected to service the route. The GSX service is scheduled for weekend arrivals for ready cargo availability on Monday mornings in both Guam and Saipan.

The port rotation of GSX is due to be: Yokohama – Saipan – Guam – Yokohama. The first sailing of the new GSX service is expected to depart Yokohama on 24 November 2015.