APL announced on 20th July that its Bosphorus Express (BEX) service would be making additional calls at Beirut and Iskenderun as of 27th July, extending market coverage of the service that serves Asia, the Mediterranean and Europe. With the new port calls, the BEX will call at the ports of Kwangyang, Busan, Yangshan, Ningbo, Chiwan, Port Klang, Port Said West, Beirut, Iskenderun, Izmit, Istanbul, Constanta and Odessa. On 27th July APL launched the Felixstowe Express Service (FEX), a new weekly service that connects the key ports of China, Europe and Felixstowe. APL said that the new FEX service marks an important expansion of its Asia-Europe service network as it begins calling at Felixstowe. The new FEX service will complement APL’s existing port calls to Southampton and will call at the ports of Qingdao, Yangshan, Ningbo, Xiamen, Yantian, Port Klang, Felixstowe, Rotterdam and Hamburg. The first sailing departed from Qingdao on 20th August 2016. APL’s West Coast 5 (WC5) service will be serving the additional ports of Corinto, Acajutla and Puerto Quetzal in Central America, as revealed on 2nd August, enhancing direct connectivity between the Port of Los Angeles and the Latin American markets. The service has been refined to better support trade activities between Central America and the USA. So, as from 14th September, the enhanced service will call at the ports of Los Angeles, Lazaro Cardenas, Corinto, Acajutla and Puerto Quetzal every week.

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