Regular Asia-Americas service
The Singapore-based AAL Shipping (AAL) has decided to commit to one sailing per month between Asia and the Americas in 2021. With last year's experience of carrying a much broader portfolio of cargoes into Central America, United States Gulf of Mexico (USG), and the United States East Coast (USEC), the group will employ multiple vessel types.
Michael Morland, general manager of AAL Americas and based in Houston, explained; “A lot of the smaller cargoes tend to be booked at origin in Asia, whereas project cargo is often booked from within the USA, like renewables into the USG and Energy and liquid natural gas (LNG) sector projects. This view is simplified but holds true in terms of a trend. We are however noticing a slow shift towards more project cargo influence from Asia.”
Moreover, AAL foresees that President Biden's Administration will continue a strict line on trade with China but anticipates a more constructive dialogue that will lead to increased trade volumes between the two nations. (cd)