November 2 - BBC Chartering is strengthening its presence in the Australian market by establishing a local representation in Western Australia.

Expanding BBC Chartering's activities in Australia, the new branch office in Fremantle aims to improve services with a focus on offshore and mining projects in the region offering clients a direct access to the global shipping services of BBC Chartering.

The new office ­ the 28th global presence in BBC Chartering's commercial network ­ is headed by Chris Schraa as business development manager.

Svend Andersen, ceo of BBC Chartering, said it is important for the company to strengthen its presence "in one of the most important regions for mining and LNG projects in the world".