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Toll Group and ANL combine forces in Bass Strait

Toll Group and ANL combine forces in Bass Strait

Sydney: Asian logistics provider Toll Group today joined hands with ANL Container Line to form a new company known as Toll ANL Bass Strait Shipping. The venture , in which the Toll Group holds an 85% share will commence operations on 12 August 2009, at which time ANL will withdraw the ANL Bass Trader from service between Melbourne and Bell Bay.

"Toll Group's customers will receive the same level of service from Toll ANL Bass Strait Shipping as they currently enjoy. Toll will continue to operate daily services of the Tasmanian Achiever and the Victorian Reliance between Melbourne and Burnie as the shipping service provider to the joint venture", said Paul Little, the Managing Director of the Toll Group. "We are confident ANL's customers will enjoy the increased frequency in sailings and capacity offered to them by Toll ANL Bass Strait Shipping over the current ANL offering.  

 "The increased volume of goods transported between Melbourne and Burnie will improve the efficiency of the freight logistics task across the north of Tasmania and allow for an anticipated increase in volumes travelling on the Tasmanian rail network.  "Importantly, we also expect Tasmanian exporters to benefit from the joint venture's offer of daily links to the overseas shipping lines in Melbourne including seamless connection to ANL's shipping network," he added.  [07/08/09]