APL Ship Planner in Singapore, Singapore

Part of the CMA CGM Group, APL is one of the world’s leading ocean carriers, providing world-class container shipping and terminal services, as well as intermodal operations supported by leading-edge IT and ecommerce.

APL offers transcontinental cargo shipping across Asia, North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and Australia through more than 90 weekly services, calling ports in over 50 countries worldwide.



This position requires high degree of ship stowage planning knowledge and ability to independently appraise vessel stowage capabilities. Additionally this position requires high analytical skills, multi-tasking abilities, abilities to work independently and strong focus to cope and deliver efficiently and effectively.


To deliver best in class stowage through:

  • Design and Develop stowage plan to maximize crane intensity for each class of vessels

  • Develop & deliver programs for sustained higher crane productivity utilizing cycling, twin picks or tandem lifts

  • Provide Preplan for each vessel within the agreed timeframe, taking into the account of the complexity and variable cargo presentation

  • Turnaround vessel in the shortest period to reduce port time

  • Maximize vessel profile resulting in revenue increase

  • Eliminate unproductive moves, like rehandle or overstow etc

  • Maximize revenue cargo and eliminate unnecessary deadweight example ballast

  • Ensures stowage of vessels’ in compliance to International and in –house regulations

  • Prepare of preplan stowage for vessel loading at individual ports and provide specific stowage instruction to satisfy optimum stowage.

  • Liaise with local on the stowage constraints and DG department on restriction or regulation.

  • Fully understand APL DG restriction policies and apply accordingly with compliance to the IMDG code, vessel DOC and APL DG policy.


  • Deliver best in class stowage plan

  • Accountable to department goal of securing higher crane intensity and productivity

  • Maximize vessel loadable capacity

  • Attain Stowage KPIs as required by Departmental Head

  • Ensure stowage compliance with International, State and in-house rules

  • Achieve best stow plan and reduce rehandlings with co-ordination from cargo, Eops and Network

  • Review vessels in service for performance, capacity, suitability in deployment with other departments

  • Study present and future, adhoc feasibility of vessels, trade pattern as specified by Supervisors.

  • Manage large vessels of 7000 Teus and above


  • Diploma in Nautical Studies or equivalent


  • Min 3 years in Executive (container shipping) / Sea Going Officer’s position plus

  • Min 5 year stowage planning in a shipping company

  • Min 2 years of Ship Planning of large container vessels beyond 7000 Teus vessels

Skills Sets:

  • Computer literate and competent in MS Office applications

  • Stowage Planning tools (StowMan/MAC3) knowledge

  • Ability to learn new systems quickly.

  • Strong team player with high collaboration skills

  • Ability to manage small team of stowage planners

  • Strong in communication skills – both written and spoken – to present problem, concepts and solutions effectively.

  • High degree to organization, planning & time management skills.

  • Resourceful, independent and capable of critical thinking.

  • Knowledge of D & H cargo acceptance, Fleet scheduling & Vessel buildup for stowage planning is a good to have

**Salary package (local) & job title shall commensurate with experience.

**Please send a copy of your resume to Carita.liu@apl.com & Cynthia.soh@apl.com (in word format) together with a para (or pointers) why you are suitable for the role, with the reason/s for you to consider a move from your current/latest organisation, your current/latest salary details (i.e. monthly base salary, any AWS, variable bonus and/or other fixed cash allowances), expected salary & your notice period/earliest joining date.

**Kindly note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

NOTICE TO THIRD PARTY AGENCIES: Please note that CMA CGM Group & APL / NOL does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Fee Agreement, CMA CGM Group & APL / NOL will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, CMA CGM Group & APL / NOL explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of CMA CGM Group & APL / NOL.

APL is part of the successful CMA CGM Group, the world's 3rd largest container shipping company