AAL opens-up Northern British Columbia Multipurpose Trade, by Adding Stewart World Port as an option on its Pacific service
With its inaugural sailing into Stewart World Port (SWP) on Friday 12 February, AAL is set to enhance its multipurpose trade with British Columbia’s most northern ice-free trading point and provide increased choice and convenience for its mining, forestry, oil and gas and project cargo customers.
Opened in September 2015 and set in one of the most mineral rich areas of North America, SWP is not only a convenient gateway to North West BC and the Eastern Yukon, but with its deep sea berthing facility and fast transit time from North Asian ports it also provides a competitive advantage for AAL’s global customers.
Felix Schoeller, General Manager of AAL’s Pacific Service, explained: “A port call option at SWP, as part of our flexible and regular Pacific Service, gives customers a wider choice that can ultimately impact the efficiency, delivery and competitiveness of their logistics operations.”
AAL’s inaugural sailing into SWP featured the AAL Newcastle – one of AAL’s owned fleet of ‘A-Class’ 31, 000 dwt multipurpose, heavy lift vessels – delivering project cargo. “The seamless berthing and cargo discharge was a success in every regard and a milestone for our new facility, ” commented SWP’s President & CEO, Ted Pickell. “We couldn’t be more pleased.”
AAL’s Pacific Service offers a monthly sailing frequency between North Asia and West Coast North America and deploys a fleet of three modern ‘A-Class’ vessels, each with a combined lifting capacity of 700 mt. These best-in-class vessels are designed and equipped to load and accommodate outsized project cargo alongside containers and break bulk cargo like steel and pulp.
AAL is one of the world’s leading breakbulk, project cargo and heavy lift shipping operators, providing a unique dual tramp and liner service for its customers throughout Asia, Europe, Middle East and the Americas. Established in 1995, the company operates the multipurpose sector’s youngest fleet – multiple classes of modern multipurpose heavy lift vessels (ranging from 12, 000, to 31, 000 dwt) and each specifically designed to accommodate heavy lift and project cargo alongside breakbulk, containers and bulk.
In 2015, it launched an international cooperation with highly respected shipping company, Peter Döhle, to offer enhanced tramp & projects solutions to the global market and new semi-liner services on key global trades. In the same year, AAL won ‘Best Shipping Line – Project Cargo’ at the prestigious Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) Awards for the second year running and in 2014 won ‘Best Maritime Cargo Provider’ at Cargo Logistics Canada.
The award-winning operator is headquartered in Singapore and is a member of Schoeller Holdings, a long-standing and highly respected maritime group. For more information, visit: www.aalshipping.com