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Alabama State Port Authority and APM Terminals jointly announce THE Alliance will launch in May of 2017, its AL 4 service network between the Port of Mobile and ports in Northern Europe. THE Alliance, a vessel sharing agreement between five container ocean carriers – Hapag-Lloyd of Germany; Yang Ming of Taiwan; and Japan’s NYK Line, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and “K” Line – will provide vessel calls through APM Terminals Mobile. THE Alliance AL4 service rotation is as follows: Mobile – Southampton – Antwerp – Bremerhaven – Le Havre – Veracruz – Altamira – Houston – New Orleans – Mobile. With the addition of THE Alliance transatlantic service, Mobile is now served by the three largest global container carrier alliances.

APM Terminals Mobile opened in 2008 and had a record throughput of 277,307 TEUs in 2016. The AL4 will be the first weekly container vessel service to call in the Port of Mobile for each of the five ocean carriers of THE Alliance. “We are extremely excited to welcome THE Alliance and its carriers to APM Terminals Mobile”, said Brian Harold, Managing Director of APM Terminals Mobile. “The trade lane between North Europe and the US Gulf has been a good market for us, particularly over the past few years. It’s great to see THE Alliance take notice of that, and we’re looking forward to working with them as they grow in Mobile.”

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