AAL upgrades Asia-West Australia service to monthly with second vessel

Global multi-purpose vessel (MPV) operator AAL is boosting its scheduled North and Southeast Asia to Australia West Coast Liner Service (AUWC) to a monthly service with the addition of a second MPV vessel. The expansion comes on the back of very strong growth (16% in 2017/1018) for Western Australia’s $109bn mineral and petroleum industry – due mainly to rising commodity prices, stronger than expected export demand and growing local production.

AAL’s AUWC service has served the breakbulk and project heavy-lift shipping community in the region since 2006 and is the only MPV liner service between North Asia and the Australian West Coast offering regular sailings from Shanghai, Busan and Kaohsiung to Fremantle as well as Port Headland/Dampier on inducement.

The service currently employs tonnage from AAL’s owned S-Class MPV fleet (19,000dwt and featuring a combined maximum lifting capacity of 700mt). From next month, an additional S-Class vessel will be deployed, to expand the service to a monthly rotation and provide additional capacity to support increased volumes of mining, oil and gas and infrastructure cargoes.

AAL Australia gm Frank Mueller commented: “The Australian economy and fortunes of many of our local customers are benefiting from a global recovery that began in 2017; increased spending in Asia; reviving commodity prices; strong steel exports to the US (worth roughly $210m a year); and low interest rates around the world. We plan to support this growth and help our shippers to meet their trade demands by expanding our services portfolio when needed and maintaining a constantly high level of attention and customer service.”

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Christophe Grammare, commercial director of AAL, concluded: “We are particularly delighted to be expanding the AUWC service, as Western Australian has taken its share of economic hits in the past few years. Unlike other carriers, who cancelled services during the tough times and left local shippers with few options, AAL has not wavered in its support of the region – something our local customers appreciate. This same philosophy of building customer trust and long-term partnerships is something we replicate in all our services around the world.”

AAL serves the Australian market with a comprehensive range of MPV shipping solutions, comprising two scheduled liner services – its Asia to Australia West Coast Service (AUWC) and its Asia to Australia East Coast Service (AUEC) – and tailor-made Tramp solutions for more bespoke requirements.

Posted 27 August 2018

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