NORDIC, BALTIC & CIS TRADE - APL to ship 70 antique Jaguars from Rotterdam to US

By: | at 07:00 PM | Channel(s): Maritime  Liner Shipping  International Trade  

Apparently you can still get your kicks on Route 66. That’s what scores of European antique car lovers think, anyway. And with the help of global container shipping line APL, they’re about to prove their point.
The Jaguar Daimler Club of Holland is shipping 70 antique Jaguars from Rotterdam to New York City on a series of APL vessels next month. On May 9, the cars’ owners will convoy to Chicago and from there, they’ll begin a nostalgic 12-day antique automobile rally through the American heartland on Route 66.
The car club members will follow a route immortalized in the 1946 pop music classic “Get Your Kicks On Route 66,” a tune made famous by Nat “King” Cole. As the song says: “It winds from Chicago to L.A., more than 2,000 miles all the way.”
But the Route 66 journey – the club’s 30th anniversary commemoration—actually begins at the Port of Rotterdam, where the vintage Jaguars will be loaded onto vessels in APL’s westbound Atlantic service to New York. Two cars each will be placed into 40-foot APL containers for the 10-day voyage to New York.
The first vessel laden with antique Jaguars sailed from Rotterdam March 1st. The last one departs March 30th. Timing is crucial if the 70 Jaguar owners are to arrive at Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles May 27 at the end of their rally.
“APL has more history and experience in transportation than even these antique autos have,” said Marc van der Linden of Marlog Car Handling BV in Almere, The Netherlands. “That’s why we’re entrusting our delicate cargo to them.”
Marlog selected APL for the assignment after the car club appointed Marlog to oversee packing and transport of the vintage Jaguars.
“Handling shipments for the auto industry is routine business for us at APL,” said Ken O’Brien, Director of the Trans-Atlantic Trade for APL. “These shipments however are far from routine. The cars will arrive on time and ready to go.”

American Journal of Transportation