AAL Introduces a Passenger Service

Passengers seeking an alternative and more unique mode of travel compared with traditional cruise liner services can now look forward to sailing onboard one of Austral Asia Line’s modern heavy lift vessels. The newly introduced AAL passenger service caters to passengers seeking to see the Asia Pacific regions while experiencing life onboard a cargo ship.

Two 31,000 deadweight A-Class vessels have been picked to offer such service – AAL Newcastle and AAL Hong Kong. The service will start in the middle of July onboard AAL Newcastle departing from Melbourne and middle of August onboard AAL Hong Kong departing from China. Both vessels are currently employed on the Australia East Coast and New Zealand service and cover the following ports: Brisbane, Newcastle, Melbourne, Lyttelton, Wellington, Tauranga, Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai, Inchon, Pusan and Khaosiung. They may also call Mackay/Townsville, Nelson and Napier on inducement basis. The liner service covers the full rotation in approximately 93 days but the duration and ports called can vary based on various circumstances. Passengers have an option of completing a full round voyage or alternatively selecting their desired embarkation and disembarkation ports (subject to visa and local regulations).

“Although AAL used to offer a passenger service on a similar route over 10 years ago, this was stopped when the AAL services were operated with long term chartered tonnage. Now that AAL has successfully completed its new building delivery program with parent company Schoeller Holdings, and operates group tonnage, we are proud to be in a position to offer this service again. There has been a lot of demand in the past years for passengers to join our new fleet, as the route covered from Australian East Coast to China, Korea and Taiwan, via New Zealand is an attractive one, offering a variety of countries and cultures, and the nature of our operations (project and breakbulk cargoes) allows sufficient time in port for our passengers to explore” says Christophe Grammare, Managing Director of AAL.

Passengers can expect to see firsthand life onboard a merchant vessel while enjoying the sights and ports along the way. While onboard the vessel, passengers have a choice of either a double bed cabin or an Owner’s suite which includes a private day room. They may also get a chance to see various areas of the vessel under supervision and permission of the Captain and officers as well as enjoy the vessel’s swimming pool and passenger lounge equipped with a library of books, board games and tea/coffee facilities.

Austral Asia Line appointed Hawke’s Bay Travel Center & Freighter Travel (NZ) and Freighter Expeditions as the travel agents. The two companies are responsible for the inquiries and bookings of the AAL passenger service. Interested passengers are encouraged to get in touch with the respective travel agents for further information about sailing onboard one of the AAL vessels.

Hawke’s Bay Travel Centre & Freighter Travel (NZ) Freighter Expeditions
Contact Person: Hamish D Jamieson
248 Kennedy Road, Napier, New Zealand, 4110
Phone: +64 6 8437702
Fax: +64 6 8437684
Email: hamish@freightertravel.co.nz
Website: www.freightertravel.co.nz
Contact Person: Julie Richards
Level 4, 332 Kent St, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000
Phone: +61 2 8270 4899
Fax: +61 2 9290 1306
Email: enquiries@freighterexpeditions.com.au/jrichards@freighterexpeditions.com.au
Website: www.freighterexpeditions.com.au

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AAL Takes the Award for Best Shipping Line – Project Cargo

2014 - AAL Awarded Best Shipping Line - Project Cargo 28th AFSCAs

Austral Asia Line has been awarded Best Shipping Line – Project Cargo at this year’s Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards (AFSCAs). The AFSCAs involve key decision makers in the industry who take part in an independently verified process that comprises of a nomination round and a voting round. To be a finalist of the prestigious awards is a reflection of a company’s position as one of the leading organisations in the industry.

The award for Best Shipping Line – Project Cargo is given to the company that demonstrates superiority in quality customer service, flexibility in approach, delivery of cargo at the agreed schedule and demage-free handling of cargo. AAL was able to successfully demonstrate such superior qualities to finish the winner amidst competition from this year’s other finalists Intermarine and Rickmers Linie. Mr. Wolfgang Harms, the Deputy Managing Director & Chief Representative (Greater China) was in attendance to proudly receive the award on behalf of Austral Asia Line.

“It is a great honour for me as a representative of Austral Asia Line to receive this award. It is a great achievement and recognition that we, the people at AAL, have worked extremely hard to attain as a company and reach the high level of service we are able to offer today. At AAL we truly understand our role as a service provider to the Project Industry through a sense of true partnership.” said Mr. Harms after picking up the award.

The winners of the 28th annual AFSCAs were announced during a gala dinner held at The Peninsula Shanghai on Tuesday, 17th June 2014. The evening was attended by around 400 top executives from shipping, transport and logistics industries to celebrate and network.

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