September 24, 2018 – Global multipurpose operator AAL has announced the appointment of Michael Morland to the role of General Manager Americas. Following AAL’s appointment of Marc Schutzbier as its Canadian Commercial Manager at the end of 2017, Michael’s appointment continues to strengthen AAL’s North American expansion strategy and the promotion of the carrier’s growing capacity and portfolio of highly competitive MPV services – comprising tailormade chartering solutions and scheduled semi-liner sailings that offer US customers regular and seamless ‘around-the-world’ connectivity.
Michael brings over 17 years international experience in the shipping, offshore, and maritime industries. This specifically includes the heavy lift, project cargo and breakbulk market, having previously served in senior executive roles at Global Ocean AS and T.P. Shipping AS where he developed US and UK subsidiaries of both companies. Michael was educated at DPH Technical College & BI Norwegian Business School with Shipping & Finance modules from Copenhagen Business School.
Commenting on his appointment, Morland said; “I am very excited by the opportunity to spearhead AAL’s US presence and to promote its expanded shipping capabilities to serve project and commodity cargo customers with highly competitive services into and out of the Americas via both the Pacific and Atlantic trade routes.
“AAL has been serving the US market for many years and we intend to reinforce our relationships with local shippers looking for trusted MPV options by drawing on AAL’s world-class fleet, in-house technical expertise and unrivalled global reputation for cargo care and customer service.”
Kyriacos Panayides, Managing Director of AAL commented; “Michael has an excellent reputation in the North American market and experience in Houston, as well as other key US locations. He is highly driven and focused and fits perfectly with AAL’s philosophy of building long-term relationships with customers.”
He concluded; “We see significant opportunity for the world-class capabilities that AAL brings to the US market. The enhancement of our North America team with Michael’s appointment is a statement of our commitment to invest in and grow our North American operations and to support our local customers.”