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  September 24th, 2015 | Written by

AAL Canada Launched in Vancouver

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  • AAL is one of the first global shipping operators to benefit from the new Vancouver International Maritime Center.
  • The establishment of AAL Canada enables the carrier to expand its services to LNG, oil, mining, and forestry.
  • AAL exec: Vancouver is a major shipping hub and gateway and it makes sense to have a physical presence here.

AAL, a global breakbulk and heavy lift operator, announced the opening of a new office in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The opening continues the company’s global expansion strategy, which has, in the same month, seen the inauguration of AAL Korea.

AAL Canada strengthens the company’s on-the-ground presence and customer support function in a region experiencing growth and development. AAL is also one of the first global shipping operators established in Vancouver to benefit from the support of the newly-launched Vancouver International Maritime Center (VIMC).

With a Pacific service connecting North Asia with North America’s West Coast and Canada, through scheduled monthly liner sailings, AAL is already enjoying a growing presence and reputation in the Canadian market. The establishment of AAL Canada enables the carrier to enhance its services further to the region’s key industry sectors, including liquefied natural gas (LNG), oil, mining, and forestry.

“Vancouver is a major shipping hub and gateway into Canada, and it makes strategic and commercial sense to have a physical presence here as we strengthen our commitment to the North American market,” said Felix Schoeller, General Manager of AAL’s Pacific Service. “We have the team and infrastructure in place to add real value for our customers – whatever their industry sector, or cargo booking requirement.”

“The launch of AAL Canada brings our brand closer to local shippers and provides them with greater levels of communication, competitiveness and partnership, with the ability to respond to their needs in an efficient, cost-effective, safe and reliable manner,” added Bernard Huizenga, Business Development Manager for AAL Canada.

The establishment of AAL Canada follows the recent launch of the Vancouver International Maritime Centre (VIMC), which was established to promote Vancouver as a prime location for the international shipping industry.  AAL is one of the first operators to work alongside the VIMC and benefit from the professional services offered by the city.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming AAL to Vancouver,” said Graham Clarke, VIMC’s CEO,” and are committed to continue in assisting them as they grow their operations in Vancouver.”