APL Logistics blames K Line bankruptcy rumours on a ‘small number’ of employees

Japanese-owned APL Logistics Group has issued a statement via president Beat Simon in response to accusations by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) that APL Logistics started “unfounded” and “false” bankruptcy rumours.

APL Logistics said that last week a “small number” of its employees “conveyed opinions to several customers that touch on the potential financial position or viability of K Line” and that the employees have since retracted their statements or are in the process of doing so.

While stopping short of issuing an apology, APL Logistics stated that it does not endorse the comments made by its employees. It also said that it will continue to accept bookings for K Line from customers “upon request.”

Om Friday K Line said it was looking at legal options stemming from the damage done by the accusations.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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