Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Bulk Freight Opportunities Encourage Growth at Port

New Office for Ships Service Contractor as Cargo Tonnage Levels Double
Shipping News Feature

AUSTRALIA – The rapid growth seen at the Port of Geraldton which has seen cargo throughput double to 10 million tonnes per annum has encouraged Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) to recently open a new office in the Western Australian port to meet increased business opportunities. Geraldton mainly caters for the shipping of dry bulk freight commodities ranging from iron ore, talc, metals and minerals to fertilisers and grain.

Wilhelmsen believes that the port is ideally suited for even more expansion, sitting as it does around 265 miles north of Perth and the new office has been operational from day one, with a number of experienced local staff on hand to utilise existing relationships with the port. Michael Connolly, Wilhelmsen’s General Manager for Western Australia, commented:

"As a business, we have been widening our net throughout Western Australia over the past year and have seen a number of notable successes across the north western ports. By concentrating on the growing port of Geraldton, we are putting ourselves in a strong position to provide ship owners with easy access to our globally-renowned agency services. In addition, we are opening up local and international trade links, supported by our industry-leading governance, quality accreditation and high standards of customer service.

"Since the opening we have received much positive response from customers and have quickly built business with local shippers, transport companies and stevedores. Our focus is on providing the high levels of agency services for which we are known, continuing to offer competitive agency rates and expanding ships agency options for vessels coming into the port."

Photo: Courtesy of the Geraldton Port Authority