APL stumps up $9.8m in dispute with the Pentagon

APL stumps up $9.8m in dispute with the Pentagon

APL, the container arm of Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), will pay the US government a $9.8m fine to smooth over claims it violated the False Claims Act in connection with a contract to provide GPS tracking of containers in Afghanistan.

The US Department of Justice said that the Department of Defense contract required APL to put a satellite tracking device to each container transported from Karachi to US military bases in Afghanistan. Washington claims that APL billed the Department Of Defence for tracking services despite knowing that the tracking devices completely or partially failed to transmit data, or were not installed.

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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