March 18 - BBC Chartering Australia Pty Ltd has joined Shipping Australia Limited as a full voting member.

Shipping Australia is a national shipping association comprising of 35 member shipping lines and agents that are involved in over 70 percent of Australia's container and car trade and over 60 percent of its breakbulk and bulk trades, as well as significant cruise ship and tug operations.

"BBC Chartering has been growing in strength in the Australian market since officially open in our first owned office here in 2009," said managing director of BBC, David Begg.

Rod Nairn, chief executive officer of Shipping Australia, was equally pleased with the introduction of BBC to the association: "BBC Chartering brings another level of expertise and strengthens our team. This helps us to develop and promote good shipping policy and the benefits of that flow on to the Australian economy."