In May 2009 I got the job of Third Officer for the reflagging of APL JAPAN. I was dispatched for a 120 day hitch (standard for Masters, Mates
& Pilots). The run for APL on the East Coast at the time was a 56 day round trip. As such, 120 days would normally turn into 168 days (by
virtue of being overseas on day 120). For me, however, the hitch wound up being 176 days after a 2 week stay in Keppel Shipyard in Singapore,
and changing to the West Coast run. I bought the camera that took these pictures there in Singapore, and wasted no opportunity for a picture.
APL JAPAN was built in 1995 in Germany with two others of the C-11 class. There are six of them; the other three were built in Korea. They are
905 feet long, 131 on the beam, and a max draft of just over 45 feet. The bridge deck is 125 feet above the water. C-11's are 66,000 tons, and
have 66,000 shaft horsepower. It's my understanding that they were the fastest Post-Panamax vessels at that time. She was a great ship to be 3rd Mate on. I hope you enjoy the
pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.
December 5, 2009