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  April 7th, 2016 | Written by

AAL Opens Northern British Columbia Multipurpose Trade

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  • With a call at Stewart World Port, AAL enhanced its multipurpose trade with BC’s northernmost ice-free point.
  • Stewart World Port opened in September 2015 and is set in one of the most mineral rich areas of North America.
  • AAL exec: A port call at SWP gives customers a choice that can impact the efficiency of their logistics operations.

With its inaugural sailing into Stewart World Port, 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, Stewart World Port (SWP) is a convenient gateway to northwest British Columbia and the Eastern Yukon. It also provides a competitive advantage for AAL’s global customers with its deep sea berthing facility and fast transit time from north Asian ports.

“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,” said Felix Schoeller, General Manager of AAL’s Pacific Service.

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,” said SWP’s President & CEO, Ted Pickell.

AAL’s Pacific Service offers a monthly sailing frequency between north Asia and the west coast of North America and deploys a fleet of three modern A-class vessels, each with a combined lifting capacity of 700 metric tons.  These vessels are designed and equipped to load and accommodate outsized project cargo alongside containers and break bulk cargo like steel and pulp.