GLADSTONE Ports Corporation and ANL have partnered to add a Gladstone call to the shipping company’s Asia PNG Express (APR) service.
GPC welcomed the partnership as a milestone for port containerization. The company said it was looking for ways to develop and diversify the trade.
GPC CEO Craig Haymes said he was thrilled to welcome ANL to the port.
“As a shipping company with a diverse product offering, they understand the importance of direct connections to key regional ports,” said Haymes.
“This is the first step in growing the container trade and we are committed to further developing and enhancing this trade and area to support future growth in Central Queensland.
“GPC is preparing for significant economic development, growth and trade for the Queensland and Australian region.
“The Port of Gladstone is capable of handling a variety of commercial activities within its districts. Today’s announcement only further solidifies our position as a leading multi-commodity port.”
Lincoln Dundas, general manager – intra-oceanic trading at ANL, said Gladstone’s hinterland is home to a fast-growing agricultural sector that companies are looking to support.
“The addition of a direct call to Gladstone gives importers and exporters more options with connections to and from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Papua New Guinea,” Mr Dundas said.
“We are excited to see what can be achieved with GPC as we expand the APR service.”
And Minister for Transport and Highways Mark Bailey said the partnership was an “exciting” opportunity for Queensland residents.
“It’s fantastic to see GPC announce their partnership with ANL today; “We see the CMA CGM Group’s flagship carrier in Oceania flying to central Queensland,” said Mr. Bailey.
“This is the first step in GPC’s actual expansion into new and emerging commodities, which in turn will create more good jobs – great news for Queenslanders.”
Mr Bailey said the state government is encouraging regional industries to use the local service while the government works to build a new container hub in central Queensland.