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Evergreen Awarded Shipping Accolade

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

27 August 2015

Evergreen Line was awarded Best Global Shipping Line by Asia Cargo News at the recent 2015 Asian Freight Logistics and Supply Chain Awards.

Over 15,000 readers of Asia Cargo News were asked to select the companies that had consistently demonstrated excellence in customer service, innovation, and quality of services provided. The AFLAS Awards have always been voted for by service users, not a panel of judges. Evergreen said therefore that the accolade of Best Global Shipping Line is particularly significant as it signifies a vote of confidence in Evergreen's quality performance from its customers directly.

The accolade was conferred at a ceremony in Hong Kong and was accepted on behalf of the carrier by Derek Lo, the Executive Vice President of Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong) Ltd.

"This honor is in recognition of Evergreen Line's consistent efforts to enhance its services to our customers," said Lo. "Customer demand is the foundation of our strategic planning. We closely monitor the developments of the global economy and demands of our customers, adjusting our service network accordingly. Our byword is customer satisfaction."

Recent challenges presented by port congestion on the US West Coast provide evidence of such efforts, according to Evergreen. "Delays at these ports lasted from the third quarter of last year to the first quarter this year, thus boosting demand for capacity from the Far East to the US East Coast. Limited by the constraints of the Panama Canal, carriers were not able to deploy bigger ships on the traditional route from the Far East to the US east coast."

"Last year Evergreen made use of its flexible 8,500 TEU ships to launch a new Asia - US East Coast service via the Suez Canal. These L-class vessels are of the maximum size that can pass under the Bayonne Bridge and call at the pivotal East Coast port of New York. The new service provided a perfect alternative to a delayed land-bridge routing via the congested West Coast ports," the company explained.

The AFLAS Awards recognize outstanding performance, service innovation, and environmental protection efforts by transportation service providers around the world. In addition to ocean carriers, the annual survey by Asia Cargo News also covers seaports, container terminals, logistics companies, and many other players in the global transportation service chain.

Singapore was awarded best port in Asia; Long Beach, California in North America; Hamburg, Germany, the best in Europe; Jebel Ali, took the award for the Middle East; and Haropa, Le Havre, France, was awarded best green seaport. The other shipping lines recognized for specific routes in the Shipping Line Awards were: OOCL (Transpacific), Maersk Line (Asia-Europe), and Wan Hai Lines (Intra-Asia). Hamburg Sud won Best Green Shipping Line.

TAGS: environment | marine | Singapore | France | Germany | Hong Kong | Panama | services | Europe | North America | Middle East

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