AAX Service Bolstered With New Vessel as PONL Leaves Consortium
Singapore, Tokyo: 21 April, 2006 – The long-running and highly reliable Asia Australia Express service (AAX) linking key Southeast Asia ports with Australia has been strengthened with a new ANL vessel, the 2,500 TEU “ANL Esprit,” which is currently operating its first voyage in the AAX Service.
Core members of the AAX Service -- ANL APL, Djakarta Lloyd and NYK (Nippon Yusen Kaisha) -- have also reaffirmed their commitment to the current weekly service frequency and two-loop schedule following P&O Nedlloyd’s exit from the consortium at the end of March 2006 in changes associated with its acquisition by AP Moller-Maersk.
The AAX, which connects Singapore and Malaysia (Port Klang) with Brisbane/Fremantle, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, has been operating from Southeast Asian ports to Australia since 1996, and previously under the ANRO consortium since 1977. It is one of the highest quality and most reliable services in the trade.
We will continue to provide our customers with a high quality product and expect to see continuing strength and growth in the trade which provides a critical link between the key hubs of Southeast Asia and Australia,” said current AAX Consortium Chairman Mr John Lines on behalf of members of the AAX Service.
ANL is the shipping company that specialises in moving product between Australia and just about anywhere. Together with our parent company CMA CGM, ANL is able to offer shipping services to all worldwide destinations, including Europe, Mediterranean, North Africa, Pacific Islands, North America, Asia and many other places.
The CMA CGM Group is a global carrier, having 242 vessels in its fleet operating in all major East/West and North/South trade lanes. Currently a further 73 new vessels are on order for delivery. In 2005, the Group transported 5.2 million TEU. With more than 350 ports of call in 126 countries and 600 agencies the Group offers a strong worldwide network. The Group employs over 10,000 staff providing impeccable service levels.
APL is a global container transportation company offering more than 60 weekly services and nearly 300 calls at more than 90 ports in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. It combines world-class intermodal operations with leading IT tools and e-commerce. APL is a unit of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), a global logistics and transportation company. APL Web site: www.apl.com
About PT. Djakarta Lloyd
PT. Djakarta Lloyd (Persero) is a state enterprise owned by Republic of Indonesia established more than 55 years ago having its mission to provide sea transportation from and to Indonesia with an existing network that includes: Far East, Europe, regional South East Asia and Australia. PT. Djakarta Lloyd operates feeder vessels from domestic main ports inter-islands within the Indonesian archipelago.
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, (NYK), is one of the world's leading transportation companies. The NYK Group operates approximately 650 major ocean vessels as well as planes, trains and trucking fleets. Its shipping fleet includes around 130 container ships, 210 bulk carriers, 40 wood chips carriers, 100 car carriers, 25 Reefer carriers, 55 tankers, 20 Liquefied Natural Gas carriers and 4 cruise ships. NYK's revenue in 2004-05 was $15bn and as a Group, NYK employs 33,000 people worldwide. It has offices in 240 locations based in 27 countries, warehouses in every continent and harbour operations in Asia, North America and Europe. Global Headquarters are in Tokyo, with Regional HQs in London, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney and São Paulo.
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