Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics said it will make its inaugural call to Adelaide, Australia on Saturday, May 5, with its pure car truck carrier Aida
The ship operates on a WWL route from Europe via North America. The company has also added calls in Galveston, Texas, on the service.
The company said while it carries cars to the Oceania region, the trade is increasingly driven by Australia’s mining and agricultural industries and the need for heavy equipment in the country.
“We have for some time seen increased demand in the market place for Adelaide, both from North America as well as Europe, mainly driven by large mining projects. We have had several inducement calls over the years and to support this continued customer demand we now establish a fixed port call,” said Rob Lord, WWL's head of region Oceania.
The company said in 2010, Australia attracted 12 percent of global mining exploration budgets and the industry is on track to attract a massive 170 billion Australian dollars in investments for resource projects over the next two years.
WWL ships first called at the port of Sydney in 1895, and the company also has regular calls to Brisbane, Port Kembla, Melbourne and Fremantle in Australia as well as to Auckland, New Zealand.