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GAC strengthens ship agency business down under

Dubai based marine services company to span Australia.

Global shipping, logistics and marine services provider GAC has announced a major expansion plan with the opening of 13 ship agency offices in major ports throughout Australia.

The locations include will span all the major shipping hubs, and will be headquartered from Sydney, in New South Wales. Each office will offer a full range of ship agency and maritime ancillary services.

Announcing GAC's latest move from the Sydney headquarters, Christer Sjödoff, GAC regional director, Asia Pacific says that it is the first time in the company's 51-year history that it has launched such a large number of offices in a single country within a span of just two months.

"We have been in Australia for more than five years, providing services to our clients through collaboration with global agency network partners. Where demand dictates for increased services, GAC opts for the setting up of a full-office operation as we have done in China and Norway earlier this year," Sjödoff added.

Australia's exports are continuing to grow, especially in the dry bulk and LNG sectors. GAC expect this to generate a corresponding growth in the number of vessels calling at Australian ports to export these commodities globally.

"As our country's resource sector continues to expand rapidly, especially due to the huge demand from China and India, GAC wants to ensure that clients' and their vessels needs are met when calling at ports around the continent," explained Scott Henderson, National Operations Manager. "The continuing growth in exports of coal, iron ore and gas will see an increasing number of port calls by bulk carriers and LNG tankers," he added.

Whilst the initial focus in Australia will be on ship agency support, the company will introduce its extended portfolio such as fire, rescue and safety services, and marine logistics, as well as GAC-SMHI weather routing for safer voyage in stages at a later date.

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