Civic, government and maritime leaders will join in the anniversary of APL
Global container shipping leader APL turns 160 years old Oct. 6. This Saturday night, the legendary carrier's year-long anniversary observance climaxes at a celebration on the San Francisco waterfront where APL first made maritime history during California's Gold Rush.
The company will be honored by the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association at the association"s ninth annual Maritime Heritage Awards.
Civic, government and maritime leaders will join in the celebration.
"Our first ship sailed from New York for San Francisco on Oct. 6, 1848," pointed out Ron Widdows, CEO of APL"s parent company, Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL).
"One-hundred-sixty years later it's my privilege to wish happy anniversary to the men and women of APL who keep us at the forefront of the shipping industry ? and to thank the customers and business partners who support us so well."
Starting in 1848 as the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, APL has a long history of industry firsts, said Widdows.
That history of innovation has been celebrated throughout the anniversary year of 2008 at APL events in Asia, North America and Europe. The Maritime National Park Association tribute at Fort Mason on San Francisco Bay will be a fitting conclusion.