ANL starts direct calls to Port of Townsville

10 April 2017

ANL has resumed direct calls into Townsville today, bringing a new dimension in domestic and global connections to the North Queensland region.

The new service will link Townsville with Papua New Guinea every 17 days; with connectivity to Asia, Europe, North America, Mediterranean, Australia and New Zealand, Indian Subcontinent and Middle East/Gulf via the global ANL network, as well as coastal shipping opportunities between Brisbane and Townsville.

Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said ANL’s entry to the Townsville market was an indication of market confidence in Northern Queensland.

“The Port of Townsville is ideally positioned as a premier trade and logistics hub for Northern Australia,” Ms O’Rourke said.

“Cyclone Debbie has highlighted the essential service that shipping and ports provide when inland freight corridors are disrupted, so this additional global service has come at the right time.”

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the new service was scheduled to commence mid-April but has kicked off early due to road and rail closures between Brisbane and Townsville because of Cyclone Debbie, adding extra resilience for Queensland’s freight task.

“ANL will call Townsville today, a few weeks ahead of schedule,” Mr Stewart said.

“Townsville now has a new global shipping connection which is great news for the North Queensland economy and local industry.”

Headquartered in Melbourne ANL is part of the CMA CGM Group, the third largest container shipping line in the world, and offers shipping services across the globe.

Chris Schultz, ANL General Manager Business Development said that “ANL is the trusted name in Australian shipping and we are very pleased to have our vessels calling Townsville direct.”

“ANL’s global and local connections will offer more choice for cargo to and from the region via Townsville.”

“We are glad to help with the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie by starting direct calls earlier than planned, so as to bring coastal cargo up from Brisbane that was stranded by the road and rail closures.”

Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) General Manager Business Development Claudia Brumme-Smith said that POTL was excited to welcome ANL to the market, especially during this time of particular need for North Queensland.

 “The ANL Kokoda Trader arrives today at the Townsville Port carrying about 100 containers full of cargo from Brisbane; cargo that has been unable to reach North Queensland on land-based freight options due to flooding,” she said.

“Coastal shipping is critical to ensure resilience for the north and we are glad that ANL has taken this opportunity to bring cargo via sea to support North Queenslanders when we are cut off from the south,” said Ms Brumme-Smith.

“The addition of another international container ship service calling the Port of Townsville is great for North Queensland customers as it provides more frequency of service to exporters and importers and is expected to boost competition.”

ANL’s container service will typically carry freight such as solar farm equipment, household items and retail goods to supply the North Queensland region from Mackay to Cairns and west to Mount Isa. The service will also cater for refrigerated and project cargo to and from other parts of Australia and the world.


ANL is global carrier and part of the CMA CGM Group, the third largest container shipping line in the world.  Its headquarters are in Melbourne with regional offices and agents around the globe, offering shipping services to all worldwide destinations, with coverage throughout Asia, Europe, North America, Mediterranean, Australia and NZ, Papua New Guinea, Indian Subcontinent and Middle East/Gulf.

ANL’s history goes back to 1956 when it was established by the Australian Government to operate shipping services around the Australian coast. Over time other routes were added and ANL entered the international trades to and from Australia. Over many decades ANL became the backbone of maritime activity in Australia taking goods around the coast and around the world.  CMA CGM bought ANL from the Australian Government in 1998 and since that time ANL’s volumes have rapidly grown from 70,000 TEU in 1998 to 1.5 million TEU in 2016.

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