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SINGAPORE: August 24, 2018. Heavy lift and project cargo carrier AAL is adding a second MPV vessel to establish a monthly service on its North & South East Asia to West Coast Australia Liner Service (AUWC).

AAL FremantleNext month the company will introduce a second S-Class vessel (19,000 DWT and featuring a combined maximum lifting capacity of 700 tonnes) on the route.

According to AAL the move is due to a 16 percent rise in Western Australia’s US$109 billion mineral and petroleum industry prompted by rising commodity prices, stronger than expected export demand and growing local production.

“The Australian economy and fortunes of many of our local customers are benefiting from a global recovery that began in 2017 [as a result of] increased spending in Asia, reviving commodity prices, strong steel exports to the US (worth roughly US$210 million a year) and low interest rates around the world,” explained AAL general manager Frank Mueller.

AAL has been in the market since 2006 and says it is the only MPV liner service between North Asia and the Australian West Coast offering regular sailings from Shanghai, Pusan and Kaohsiung to Fremantle as well as Port Headland.

Liner Services managing director Christophe Grammare added: ‘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.”

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