APL resurrects the President ship naming tradition

CMA CGM has delved into the archives in renaming a pair of boxships it bought for subsidiary APL recently.

Alphaliner reports that CMA CGM has resurrected the President vessel naming tradition at APL, a line whose history stretches back to the 19th century and was known as American President Lines until it was bought by Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) in 1997.

CMA CGM bought the HS Rome and HS Paris – a pair of 6,552 teu boxships – from Germany’s Hansa Shipping recently. The two ships have since been rechristened President Truman and President Cleveland, a nod to how APL used to name its ships in the last century.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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