New Vancouver International Maritime Centre snags first owner

Recently launched Vancouver International Maritime Centre (VIMC) has announced that Singapore-based breakbulk player AAL will be opening a new Vancouver office.

“Within a just a few months, the Vancouver International Maritime Centre has already begun to attract international shipping companies to Vancouver,” said Michael de Jong, minister of finance for the province of British Columbia.

“We are really excited to be in Vancouver. It is an extremely welcoming jurisdiction and offers international shipping companies like AAL great opportunity for growth and development,” said Bernard Huizenga, business manager for AAL Canada.

VIMC CEO and chairman Graham Clarke told Maritime CEO 10 days ago that every facet of shipping services is now being looked at by his team to make the Canadian city a shipping hub. Tax perks are also on offer.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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