MARC-OLIVER BROCKMANN TO HEAD EU COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY

Following a string of new agency appointments and office launches across Europe – the most recent in Finland – global multipurpose and project heavy lift carrier AAL is strengthening those operations yet further with the appointment of Marc-Oliver Brockmann as European Commercial Manager. With 27 years in the project heavy lift cargo sector, Brockmann brings vast experience and a strong reputation for excellence to AAL’s Hamburg-based Team run by General Manager, Eike Muentz.

Spanning almost three decades, Marc’s shipping career has been with one company, the international breakbulk and project cargo broker, COLI Schiffahrt & Transport GmbH & Co KG. He started in 1992 as a Chartering Broker and got procuration in 1996. He was appointed General Manager of COLI’s Antwerp office in 2005 and, after his return, became Managing Director of the Hamburg office in 2010 and subsequently Managing Director of Korea Branch operations in 2013. He commented, ‘I grew up with COLI and during my tenure gained extensive knowledge of the project cargo market and particularly the trade between Europe and Asia – its ebbs and flows and key drivers. I hope now to share that expertise with AAL, an ocean carrier that I’ve worked with many times and highly respect for its professionalism and transparency in dealings.’

Eike Muentz added, ‘We are truly excited that someone of Marc’s calibre has agreed to spearhead our commercial and customer relations activity in Europe and help us to realise the next stage in our ambitious development strategy.’

‘Despite the market challenges that the multipurpose and project heavy lift sector has faced in recent years, AAL has managed to remain strongly independent and grow both its services and physical operations. In Europe, as with the rest of the world, we have built a reputation for actions and not words – delivering competitive solutions for our customers and putting their needs above all else. Not only is Marc ambitious and determined, but he shares our philosophy about customer service and its importance to sustainable business development.’

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AAL GIVES ‘HEAVY’ LIFT TO FELIXSTOWE’S EXPANSION PLANS

AAL CELEBRATES FELIXSTOWE INAUGURAL CALL WITH SUCCESSFUL DELIVERY OF FOUR RTGS FROM CHINA, FOR THE UK PORT’S EXPANSION PROJECT

AAL has successfully delivered a cargo of four rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) to the Port of Felixstowe, as part of a development project that will see the UK’s busiest container port add an additional 18,000 teu of container storage capacity to meet growing demand. The ZPMC Chinese-made RTGs were loaded in Shanghai and shipped to Felixstowe aboard the 31,000 dwt mega-size mpv the A-Class AAL Kobe, for the CPIA forwarding and shipping agency. Each of the units measured 32 m x 14 m x 30 m and weighed just under 200 t.

The new remote controlled RTGs will serve Berths 8 and 9 at the Port and are capable of stacking containers six-high to enable more efficient use of the new yard. All four units were discharged safely using the Kobe’s own heavy lift cranes (700 t max lift) and due to the skill of her crew and support from AAL’s engineering department, who planned the entire operation and dispatched one of its most experienced Cargo Superintendents (CSIs) to oversee proceedings.

During the discharge operation, the Port of Felixstowe’s Head of Corporate Affairs Paul Davey visited the AAL Kobe to hand-over a commemorative plaque to her Master, Capt. Aleksandr Afanaskin, in celebration of AAL’s inaugural call.

Christophe Grammare, commented, “We are delighted to be back in the UK and calling for the first time in Felixstowe with such an impressive project cargo. Although the UK is a significant container shipping market – Felixstowe being the 6th busiest container port in Europe with about 26 million tons of cargo each year – it is not immediately associated with project heavy lift cargo. The RTGs were shipped there on-deck of the AAL Kobe which, with a highly flexible cargo capacity of almost 40,000 cbm, was also carrying additional project cargo under-deck that was discharged a few days later in Ireland.”

Captain Dai, CPIA’s General Manager concluded by saying, “The cooperation between ZPMC, AAL, Port of Felixstowe and CPIA was seamless and this proved to be key to the success of this entire operation. AAL’s professional and careful handling of this cargo throughout loading, stowage and discharge operations was impressive. Well done to all involved.”

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AAL DELIVERS TBMs FOR AUSTRALIAN METRO PROJECTS

NOT AT ALL BORING FOR AAL! AAL MAKES HASTE TO DELIVER MEGA TUNNEL BORING MACHINES (TBMs) FOR GEODIS AND MAJOR AUSTRALIAN RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS!

In February, AAL successfully completed a major shipment of two mega tunnel boring machines (TBMs) from Nansha in South China to Sydney and Melbourne respectively, equipment that will help progress important new multi-billion-dollar metro railway projects taking place separately in the two state capitals. The two units and their components totaled over 7,445cbm and 2,000mt in weight and were shipped aboard the 31,000dwt heavy-lift MPV, the AAL Kembla, on behalf of Geodis Hamburg.

The two TBMs were manufactured by world-leader in heavy tunnel boring machines, Herrenknecht AG and this is the sixth shipment of such units that AAL has been commissioned to operate in the past eight months on the manufacturer’s behalf, via its selected logistics partner, Geodis Hamburg – all cargo destined for Australian infrastructure projects. The Larger of the two units on this shipment (weighing almost 1,000mt) is part of a 130-metre long boring machine named TBM Kathleen. She is the last of five mega borers for the Sydney Metro City & Southwest Project and will help to build twin 15.5km railway tunnels deep under Sydney Harbour – eventually enabling underground transport of passengers in state-of-the-art driverless trains.

Marco Wendt, European Chartering Manager commented, ‘Each of our six shipments of these enormous TBM units over the past eight months has provided unique challenges, which we addressed and overcame every time. On this occasion we had tight delivery deadlines. A four-day window to discharge the first unit in White Bay, Sydney – which we did directly to barge – and then to deliver the second unit to Melbourne by 28 February, which we also accomplished.’

He added, ‘Every day is a huge expense on such major infrastructure projects and Geodis know that AAL will pull out all stops to deliver on time and that we have the commitment, engineering and operations know-how to find solutions even under the most challenging circumstances. That trust between forwarder and carrier is extremely important and explains the long-term relationship we enjoy and the future projects already in the pipeline over the next few months.’

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22 PETROCHEMICAL MODULES TO TEXAS ON SINGLE SAILING

AAL PUSAN IN ‘A-CLASS’ OF HER OWN!

AAL MEGA-SIZE MPV DELIVERS 22 CHINESE PETROCHEMICAL PLANT MODULES TO MAJOR EXPANSION PROJECT IN TEXAS IN A SINGLE SAILING!

Specialist breakbulk and project heavy lift carrier AAL has successfully shipped 22 petrochemical plant modules from the Wilson Heavy Industry Company in Nantong, to the Ethylene Glycol II Expansion Project in Point Comfort, Texas on behalf of the Pacific Ocean Group Limited.

The shipment of 22 modules – 26,000 cbm in total and weighing 1,280 t – was loaded in Nantong and transported on a single sailing to Point Comfort aboard the mega-size MPV, the A-Class 31,000 dwt AAL Pusan. The project made good use of her 700 t max heavy lifting gear in loading and discharge operations, and harnessed over half of her copious intake capacity of 40,000 cbm, with several units stowed away in her holds whilst others were securely lashed onto her weather deck.

The Ethylene Glycol II Expansion Project is operated by Nan Ya Plastics, a division of the Taiwanese petrochemicals production giant the Formosa Plastics Corporation. Once installed, the modules will aid in the production of Ethylene Glycol – an odorless and colourless organic compound used in the manufacture of automotive antifreeze, hydraulic fluids, printing inks, and paint solvents. It is also used as a reagent in the making of polyesters, resins, and synthetic waxes.

Jack Zhou commented: “With the larger multipurpose heavy lift tonnage incorporated into AAL’s unique fleet mix, we can offer customers both flexibility in stowage planning, and significantly more space than other carriers – providing considerable cost and efficiency savings for them in the process. This is particularly true of a ‘mega-size’ (+30,000 dwt) MPV like the A-Class; as such the AAL Pusan proved the perfect multipurpose vessel to accommodate this challenging project.”

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LARGEST-EVER TRANSFORMER FOR AUSSIE WINDFARM

AAL has just delivered Victoria’s – and possibly Australia’s – largest ever transformer to the Stockyard Hill Windfarm Connection in Victoria on behalf of Australia-based global logistics solutions provider, Cargo Line International. The state-of-the art Toshiba-made unit will help to generate enough clean energy to power 390,000 average homes in the south east of the country every year with approximately 2 million tonnes of CO2 savings.

The 600MVA, 500/132kV Toshiba manufactured ‘mega-transformer’ measured approximately 14m x 5m and weighed over 305 mt. It was shipped from Shanghai to Geelong in Victoria, aboard one of AAL’s 31,000 dwt A-Class heavy-lift MPVs, the AAL Dalian. The unit was safely stowed by the crew of the Dalian into her 38m x 12.80m cargo hold no.3, harnessing her heavy-lift (700t max) port-mounted cranes for the successful loading and discharge operations.

World Leader in PMDD Turbine Technology, Goldwind Australia, operates the Stockyard Hill Windfarm Connection with support from Mondo, the commercial energy division of AusNet Services which owns and represents the Victoria electricity network. Construction of the windfarm commenced May 2018 and consists of 149 wind turbines that, as well as 530 MW of renewable energy, will provide significant environmental, community and economic benefits to the whole region. The transformer will be installed at the windfarm’s brilliantly-named ‘Haunted Gully’ Terminal Station in Lismore about 170km west of Melbourne.

Christophe Grammare, AAL’s Commercial Director, commented: “As Australia’s economy continues to perform well, with a supportive global environment and strong domestic demand set to maintain this growth for 2019, AAL is delighted to be part of a project that will have wide-reaching economic and community benefits. We’re also proud to contribute to such an important green power project and reinforce our reputation as carrier of choice for a growing number of Australia’s largest renewable energy projects.”

Bronwen Grabe, Cargo Line International’s Project Manager added, ‘Being entrusted by Toshiba International to handle the end to end Freight Forwarding Scope of this project has been a privilege. This project was years in the making and was a remarkable success which can be attributable to the professionalism and dedication of the Project Team at Cargo Line International achieving excellence. As an Australian owned company, we are proud to assist in a project that directly benefits and impacts the community and the environment.”

Dennis Freedman, Head of Infrastructure Development at AusNet Services, said, “The successful delivery of this transformer marks a huge milestone for this significant renewable energy project. It’s a great achievement and we want to thank everyone involved. In many ways this delivery represents the project as a whole – the importance of great relationships and successful collaboration with our delivery partners and the client.”

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AAL SPONSORS NEW ‘PROJECT LOGISTICS’ AWARD

AAL is the official sponsor of the ‘Project Logistics Provider of the Year’ category at the inaugural Heavy Lift Awards, organised by HLPFI.

“AAL has been a close partner of HLPFI for many years and their understanding and appreciation of our sector has always been unwavering. We operate in a high pressure service environment, where no two companies, or the quality of their services, are the same and it is people who make the difference. We hope that these awards acknowledge the many unsung heroes working within our sector whose expertise, hard work and dogged determination keeps breakbulk and heavy lift project cargo moving smoothly between every compass point,” said AAL’s managing director Kyriacos Panayides.

As one of the world’s largest and most trusted operators, multipurpose carrier AAL has served the global breakbulk and heavy lift project cargo industry for a quarter of a century, operating across the energy, oil & gas, mining, forestry, leisure, agriculture and construction industries.

AAL provides customers with three distinct service models, including bespoke tramp and projects solutions to any location; scheduled liner services between Asia and Oceania; and semi-liner services combining fixed-routes with highly flexible port calls. AAL’s growing fleet of owned and chartered heavy lift multipurpose vessels is the sector’s youngest and spearheads the ‘mega-mpv’ (30,000+ dwt) segment, providing shippers with best-in-class economies of scale and cargo intake volumes.

With a multilingual office network spanning Asia, Oceania, Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas, as well as the sector’s finest commercial, engineering and operations professionals, AAL is able to locally address a global customer base 24/7.

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‘BENVENUTO’ TO AAL ITALIA!

AAL has launched ‘AAL Italia’, based in Genoa, in response to the growing demand within Italy for greater and more competitive tramp and project shipping options to and from major trading points around the world. This expanded Italian market presence will strengthen AAL’s European network and underlines its ongoing strategy to offer local shippers value-added access to the global multipurpose and project heavy-lift trade.

The move boosts AAL’s on-ground capabilities within the third largest national economy in the eurozone and twelfth largest by GDP in the world. AAL Italia is run by Chartering Director Alessandro De Vincentiis and President Michela Villa, both of whom have experience of working with AAL since 2015. They bring unrivalled local expertise and customer support ethics to a region experiencing real growth and development, especially in sectors like renewable energy.

Alessandro De Vincentiis commented; “With my own 20 years’ experience in the local shipping market and my colleague Michela’s 10 years, we have witnessed first-hand the highs and lows of the local MPV sector. After a very challenging period for the local market, I am truly excited to see a resurgence in project cargo demand from Italy into markets like Asia, Africa and Australasia and the US. We know the local shippers very well, and that, in combination with AAL’s global reputation, coverage and value-added ethics, puts us in poll position to service their needs.”

He continued; “AAL has been successfully delivering multi-billion-dollar global projects on time and under budget for over two decades and with its growing fleet of modern, multipurpose and heavy lift vessels we have everything our Italian customers need to successfully transport their cargoes – whatever they are – worldwide.”

Felix Schoeller, added; “We are always on the look-out for strong opportunities like this one that can benefit our customers, service offering and business development objectives. Italian shippers are well served not only by two well-established and regular semi-liner services – ‘Asia – N. America – Europe’, and ‘Europe – Middle East – Asia & AUS’ – but also highly flexible and competitive tramp services. AAL Italia will work hand-in-hand with our European hub office in Hamburg under the direction of Regional GM, Eike Muentz.

AAL’s specialist MPV fleet is one of the market’s youngest and biggest, combining extreme heavy lift capability (700mt max) with leading in-take capacity. Through a unique triage of award-winning services – Tramp, Semi-Liner & Liner – it has served the multipurpose cargo demands of oil & gas, energy, mining, infrastructure and forestry sectors across the world for almost 25 years.

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AAL STEALS THE SHOW AT BREAKBULK US 2018!

Breakbulk Americas is North America’s premiere heavy-lift project and breakbulk expo and this year’s event (3-4 October 2018) attracted over 4,700 delegates from all over the region. AAL stole the show with some out-of-box ideas to look even more ‘authentically American’ for its local US customers and to attract a larger delegate audience to its exhibition stand.

Instead of a traditional exhibition stand, AAL hired an authentic 1950s US ‘Airsteam’ trailer for the show. From this converted food-truck, positioned right in the middle of the expo hall, AAL served hot snacks and cold draught beer to its customers and ran a unique customer competition to WIN an authentic 2017 World Series Houston Astros baseball, signed by MVP George Springer. The Competition was linked to an online exit poll created to measure stand visitor perceptions of AAL and its local services. The winner of the limited edition baseball was Joye Runfola, Senior Project Logistics Specialist at Air Liquide and huge Astros fan.

The end result was that AAL had nearly 500 visitors to its stand during the 2-day show – its largest audience to an expo stand anywhere in the world. In addition, the carrier received rave reviews from both the Expo organisers and all attending delegates about its original and compelling presence and presentation.

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AAL CONTINUES US EXPANSION WITH NEW REGIONAL GM

Michael Morland is AAL’s new General Manager of USA. Following the appointment of Marc Schutzbier as Canadian Commercial Manager at the end of 2017, Michael’s appointment continues to strengthen AAL’s North American expansion strategy and the promotion of its growing capacity and portfolio of highly competitive MPV services – comprising tailor-made chartering solutions and scheduled semi-liner sailings that offer US customers regular and seamless ‘around-the-world’ connectivity.

Michael brings over 17 years international experience in the shipping, offshore, and maritime industries. This specifically includes the heavy lift, project cargo and breakbulk market, having previously served in senior executive roles at Global Ocean AS and T.P. Shipping AS where he developed US and UK subsidiaries of both companies. Michael was educated at DPH Technical College & BI Norwegian Business School with Shipping & Finance modules from Copenhagen Business School.

Commenting on his appointment, Morland said, ‘I am very excited by the opportunity to spearhead AAL’s US presence and to promote its expanded shipping capabilities to serve project and commodity cargo customers with highly competitive services into and out of the Americas via both the Pacific and Atlantic trade routes.

‘AAL has been serving the US market for many years and we intend to reinforce our relationships with local shippers looking for trusted MPV options and by drawing on AAL’s world-class fleet, in-house technical expertise and unrivalled global reputation for cargo care and customer service.’

Kyriacos Panayides, Managing Director of AAL commented, “Michael has an excellent reputation in the North American market and experience in Houston, as well as other key US locations. He is highly driven and focused and fits perfectly with AAL’s philosophy of building long-term relationships with customers.’

He concluded, ‘We see significant opportunity for the world-class capabilities that AAL brings to the US market. The enhancement of our North America team with Michael’s appointment is a statement of our commitment to invest in and grow our North American operations and to support our local customers.’

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AAL USES ‘VACULIFT’ TECHNOLOGY, IN AUSSIE FIRST!

AAL has announced the successful deployment for the first time in Australia of multi-lift ‘vacuum pad’ units, used in the discharge of pipes with its partner Qube. The cargo, which comprised 24,996 steel coated pipes units (18m in length each and weighing a total of 13,386t),was loaded in Baoshan China and discharged in Darwin, via AAL’s global tramp and chartering service and its S-Class multipurpose heavy lift vessel, the AAL Bangkok (19,000dwt).

This was the first time that this lifting technology, which uses multiple vacuum pads to attach and lift the pipes, has been deployed in an Australian port. The cargo was delivered by AAL to Darwin for the Bao Australia pipeline, for which Qube has been contracted for cargo discharge and landside operations for the Tanami Gas Pipeline Project.

Traditionally, pipeline handling operations are handled by ‘hooking up’ the pipe during vessel discharge. Landside activity has also typically harnessed crane and pipe grapling hooks for handling. However AAL and Qube, Australia’s largest integrated provider of import and export logistics services, deployed the use of these innovative multi-lift vacuum units for the entire discharge operation in Darwin.

Nicola Pacifico commented, ‘The multi-lift vacuum units were successfully commissioned and operational throughout the operation, while maintaining zero lost time injuries (LTI) and reducing operational safety risks, by eliminating the use of hooks. Data analysed before, during, and after the operation demonstrated increased productivity, improved risk mitigation and ultimately cost savings that could be passed down to our customers. The use of this technology also added to the quality of the operation, thanks to the improved and less abrasive handling which protected the integrity of the pipeline coating.

Namir Khanbabi added, “At AAL, we’ve always been keen to explore new innovations that can generate greater efficiency and productivity in our operations, as well as partnering with likeminded partners, such as Qube, who share our commitment to driving up safety and quality standards. Qube have consistently showcased operational excellence, and this initiative, in partnership with AAL’s engineering teams, crews and vessels, has demonstrated why we always go the extra mile to deliver service excellence and optimised cost savings for our shippers.”

In conclusion Dean Wells, General Commercial Manager at Qube, said, “We strive to continuously implement innovative practices, from stevedoring operations to haulage to remote locations, for our customers in the pipeline industry. We have long been seeking a better solution for pipeline handling that would improve productivity, quality and safety, compared to the traditional use of hooks. Never before seen in Australia, this multi-lift vacuum technology delivers a major step-change in pipeline handling operations and Qube is looking forward to partnering with AAL on many more pipeline projects into the future.”

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OFFSHORE SOLUTION FOR MAJOR AUS OIL PROJECT

Executed with optimum efficiency and safety, AAL has performed a 3-month off-shore pipe haul and ship-to-ship (S-T-S) operation for the Greater Enfield Project – a subsea oil production project located in Exmouth, Australia.

On behalf of TechnipFMC – global leader in subsea, onshore, offshore, and surface technologies – multipurpose operator AAL has completed a 90-day ‘one-ship-solution’, to deliver pioneering Thermotite ‘ULTRA’ subsea pipes and other subsea equipment to the ongoing Greater Enfield Project, a development of subsea oil production and water injection wells located 60km north-west of Exmouth, Western Australia.

The cargo was loaded onto the AAL Nanjing (19,000dwt, S-Class MPV) in Kuantan (Malaysia) and Tanjung Langsat (Malaysia). The vessel was mobilized from Singapore where a tailor-made accommodation block was installed in Jurong Port to host a group of specialist offshore marine construction workers, TechnipFMC’s own team and additional AAL Superintendents and personnel – all of whom remained onboard throughout the entire operation.

Having been awarded this key scope of the project, AAL’s solution took 3 months to plan and met the strictest standards of safety and environmental compliance. It involved the AAL Nanjing operating offshore in the Exmouth Gulf for 71 days, transferring cargo ship-to-ship (s-t-s) to two Platform Supply vessels (PSVs) and herself initially interacting with Technip’s Pipe Layer / Installation Vessel G1201 at the commencement of the offshore campaign.

Namir Khanbabi explained: “This was a major offshore operation and key scope in one of Australia’s most important offshore oil production projects. It was very challenging in terms of quality control and the environmental, health and safety compliance associated with operating offshore in the Exmouth gulf for so many days, transferring cargo s-t-s and accommodating not just our crew, but 12 extra passengers. This included strict ballast and waste management regulations and the constant well-being of all the personnel onboard.”

He added; “The sourcing and management of the offshore marine construction crew was key to our scope of work and testament to AAL’s expanded capabilities for taking on similar operations on a full project basis in the future – potentially with the provision of the full marine spread. The dedication of our land and sea-based teams and flexibility of the AAL Nanjing herself – a perfect vessel for such a demanding job – enabled us to deliver upon TechnipFMC’s high expectations.”

Archie Walker, Project Director for TechnipFMC, concluded; “TechnipFMC worked closely with AAL to develop the procedures for the loading and the working of the vessel when in Australian waters, for the transfer of pipeline to the installation vessel the G1201. The project was completed successfully without any recorded HSE incidents or schedule delays.”

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AAL EXPANDS ASIA TO AUS WEST COAST SERVICE!

AAL RAMPS UP ASIA – WEST COAST AUS LINER SERVICE (AUWC) TO A MONTHLY ROTATION FOLLOWING SUSTAINED ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THE REGION

Global MPV leader AAL is boosting its scheduled North & South East Asia to West Coast Australia Liner Service (AUWC) to a monthly service with the addition of a second MPV vessel. The expansion comes on the back of very strong growth (16% in 2017/1018) for Western Australia’s $109 billion mineral and petroleum industry* – due mainly to rising commodity prices, stronger than expected export demand and growing local production.

AAL’s AUWC service has served the breakbulk and project heavy-lift shipping community in the region since 2006 and is the only MPV liner service between North Asia and the Australian West Coast offering regular sailings from Shanghai, Pusan and Kaohsiung to Fremantle as well as Port Headland / Dampier on inducement). The service currently employs tonnage from AAL’s owned S-Class MPV fleet (19,000 dwt and featuring a combined maximum lifting capacity of 700 mt). From next month, an additional S-Class will be deployed, to expand the service to a monthly rotation and provide additional capacity to support increased volumes of mining, oil & gas and infrastructure cargoes.

Frank Mueller commented, ‘The Australian economy and fortunes of many of our local customers are benefiting from a global recovery that began in 2017; increased spending in Asia; reviving commodity prices; strong steel exports to the US (worth roughly $210 million a year); and low interest rates around the world. We plan to support this growth and help our shippers to meet their trade demands by expanding our services portfolio when needed and maintaining a constantly high level of attention and customer service.’

Christophe Grammare concluded, ‘We are particularly delighted to be expanding the AUWC service, as Western Australian has taken its share of economic hits in the past few years. Unlike other carriers, who cancelled services during the tough times and left local shippers with few options, AAL has not wavered in its support of the region – something our local customers appreciate. This same philosophy of building customer trust and long-term partnerships is something we replicate in all our services around the world.’

AAL serves the Australian market with a comprehensive range of MPV shipping solutions, comprising two scheduled liner services – its Asia to Australia West Coast Service (AUWC) and its Asia to Australia East Coast Service (AUEC) – and tailor-made Tramp solutions for more bespoke requirements.

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AAL LEADS OPINIONS

AAL Managing Director, Kyriacos Panayides interviewed at Breakbulk Europe 2018, on the current state of the MPV sector.

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AAL TRIUMPHS AGAIN AT AFLAS AWARDS!

AAL, one of the world’s leading global breakbulk and heavy lift operators, has been named ‘Best Shipping Line – Project Cargo’ at the prestigious 2018 Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) Awards, held in Shanghai, China.

The AFLAS Awards are a celebration of Asia’s freight, logistics and supply chain industry, and AAL beat off intense competition from the sector’s leading carriers to win the award for the fifth consecutive year.

The award win follows a successful year for AAL in a project cargo market that has continued to endure its share of challenges. Over the last 12 months AAL has been adjusting its strategy and business practice to stay ahead of the game, with a number of significant milestones, such as new co-operations, record breaking shipments, expansion in both fleet and infrastructure, and landing in a new niche market positioning.

Jack Zhou, AAL’s General Manager in China, commented: “We are honoured to have won this award and for a record fifth consecutive year. We have been extensively involved in the Asian project cargo market for three decades, and as we’ve grown, Asia has similarly prospered. We have served many of the biggest names and most exciting industrial and infrastructure projects in the region. Such recognition of our hard work is warmly appreciated and I accept this award on behalf of the whole company.”

Kyriacos Panayides, Managing Director of AAL, commented: “To lift your quality of service to the highest level, is a long process with a hard path to follow by upgrading all aspects of the organisation. To maintain such reputable status for consecutive years, this truly reflects an incredible outstanding achievement by the AAL team, which is second to none. Noteworthy is that such performance was demonstrated in the midst of very challenging times in our markets, where quality was losing out to pricing dominance for majority of shippers.”

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AAL WINS TOP PROJECT CARGO AWARD!

Last night in Shanghai, at one of Asia’s most celebrated Shipping Awards, the AFLAS Awards, AAL beat out all other leading carriers to win the prestigious ‘Best Shipping Line – Project Cargo’ honour.

Jack Zhou, AAL’s General Manager of China, collected the award on AAL’s behalf. He commented, ‘We are honoured to have won this award and for a record fourth consecutive year. We have been extensively involved in the Asian project cargo market for over 20 years and in that time have served many of the biggest names and most exciting industrial projects in the region. Such recognition of our hard work is warmly appreciated and I accept this award on behalf of the whole company.’

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AAL DELIVERS BOARDING BRIDGES TO PORTMIAMI

AAL has completed its first cargo shipment in partnership with new Spanish Representative, Marítima Davila, transporting two giant Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges (SPBB) to PortMiami in a single sailing.

With the ink not yet dry on their exclusive nationwide agency agreement, AAL and its new Spanish Representative, Marítima Davila of Grupo Davila booked and transported an impressive cargo of giant heavy lift port infrastructure components from Barcelona to the world’s largest and busiest cruise port, PortMiami.

The cargo comprised of two giant tailor-made and fully assembled Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges (SPBB), destined for PortMiami’s newly renovated ‘Terminal F’ where they will assist in the safe transit of many of the port’s 4.8 million annual cruise passengers.

Both walkways, measuring 32 metres long and weighing 205 tonnes each, were transported in a single sailing aboard the AAL Singapore, one of AAL’s ‘Mega-MPV’ 31,000 dwt A-Class vessels. The unique four-sectioned, telescopic SPBBs were designed by Spain’s premier seaport, airport and road transport engineering company, Adelte, and were tailor-made to the exact specifications of PortMiami’s Cruise Ship Terminal F and the ships of more than 300m from bow to stern that will be docking there.

Christophe Grammare, Commercial Director at AAL, commented: “What a great way to christen a new partnership. We are delighted how well the team at Marítima Davila and our own team at AAL Europe (Hamburg) cooperated to provide our European customer with a seamless end-to-end service that fully met the time and cost efficiencies they required.

“Even as our infrastructure grows and our capabilities expand, the need to keep customers at the forefront of our service is crucial and all our partners worldwide, like Marítima Davila, share in that commitment.”

Marítima Davila is a leader in the Spanish maritime industry with a network of offices nationwide. Jorge Sánchez, Managing Director at Marítima Davila, said: “The Davila Group is truly delighted to boost its strategic partnership with AAL. The customer’s demands and standards were fulfilled through perfect teamwork combining our own commercial skills and flexibility with the finest engineering and operations, professional crew and specialised fleet. There is already a solid understanding between us and we are confident that this mutual commitment and expertise will lead to great success in the Spanish market.”

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AAL GLOBAL AMBITIONS BOOSTED WITH EU EXPANSION

AAL’s strategic objective to become carrier of choice for the world’s most dynamic industry projects is boosted this month with a simultaneous and carefully planned expansion of its European team, agency network and service capabilities.

AAL is enhancing its European infrastructure with the expansion of its local team and agency network and development of its global MPV shipping capabilities. Its already strong and well-established Hamburg team is bolstered with the appointment of Eike Muentz to General Manager Europe and Jan-Henrik Heyken to Senior Chartering Manager Europe. Simultaneously, it is expanding its European agency network, with Maritima Davila (Grupo Davila) in Spain, Breakbulk Project Agencies in France (a division of Shipping Agency Service Le Havre) and De Keyser Thornton in Belgium (to cover Benelux). Part of a strategy to position AAL as the ideal partner for emerging global projects controlled out of Europe, this activity comes hot on the back of its ongoing fleet expansion to service new semi-liner trades around the world and a new scheduled liner service between Asia and the Middle East.

Kyriacos Panayides, commented, ‘AAL is currently serving long-term projects around the world for the renewable energy, mining, infrastructure, and off shore oil and gas sectors – to name but a few. The geographic size of our network and fleet capabilities today, is only matched by our commitment to perform on every booking and ambition to grow even further. Europe is still the powerhouse and architect behind much of the project cargo movement worldwide and with the strengthening of our Hamburg team and agency network around Europe, we are sending a clear message of intent to the market.’

Eike Muentz, our newly appointed General Manager of AAL Europe, added, ‘Our strong and well respected team here in Hamburg has doubled in size since the start of the year and we have repaid the faith of our senior management by already winning a number of exciting COAs that are employing several of our ‘mega-sized’ (30,000+ dwt) MPV ships full time with project cargo movements worldwide. Crucially, we are performing on these bookings, providing the capacity, services and commitment of resources needed and the time and cost efficiencies demanded. The MPV sector is small and in recovery, so as we build upon our reputation for trust and delivery, the word quickly spreads.’

He concluded, ‘Jan-Henrik Heyken comes to AAL with 12 years shipping experience and an excellent reputation in the sector. We are also delighted to welcome leading maritime brands as our new exclusive country Agents in important EU markets: Maritima Davila in Spain; Breakbulk Project Agencies in France and De Keyser Thornton (Benelux). The Latter are both part of the French logistics group, NAXCO – a large and fully integrated shipping and logistics provider, founded in 1967.’

‘These new partners are hugely experienced and well-respected in their respective markets and join OceanWise in Italy as integral parts of our growing European Network – boosting our commercial reach and ability to compete across the whole region.’

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AAL AWARDED BY S. KOREA PORT AUTHORITY

28 February 2018, Aboard the AAL Hong Kong: Mr. Nam, the president of the Inchon Port Authority (IPA) welcomed the AAL Hong Kong and her crew into the Port and formally thanked AAL for their ongoing support of this South Korean gateway. The ceremony was part of the Authority’s ongoing drive to promote the Port to foreign and domestic ship-owners. One local TV Broadcaster is even preparing a documentary to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the opening of the Inchon Gateway, to be broadcast on or around 17th March 2018.

Picture courtesy of ‘shippingnewsnet.com’. From right to left: Mr. Kim, Manager of IPA; Mr. Nam, President of IPA; Master of AAL Hong Kong, Mr. Kim, President of AAL KOREA; Mr. Choi, Managing Director of HANJIN INCHEON CONTAINER TERMINAL

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AAL BREAKS RECORDS FOR AUS WINDFARM

AAL SHIPS 45 OF AUSTRALIA’S LONGEST WINDMILL BLADES ON A SINGLE SAILING INTO ADELAIDE, FOR COLI BREMEN.

AAL has successfully completed three sailings into Adelaide with 45 windmill blades, turbine generators and other related components on each sailing, destined for the new AGL Silverton Windfarm in the Barrier Ranges of New South Wales. Comprising 58 turbines, the windfarm will reduce Co2 emissions by 655,000 tonnes annually and produce 200MW capacity (780,000 MWh of renewable energy) each year – enough power to maintain more than 137,000 Australian homes. At 63 meters in length, the blades carried by AAL are the longest ever to be shipped into Australia.

The Silverton Windfarm sailing is part a larger series of renewable energy cargo shipments into Australia carried out by AAL in partnership with COLI Schiffahrt & Transport GmbH (COLI) in Bremen. The total series comprises seven sailings into the Australian Ports of Adelaide, Newcastle and Kembla and harnesses the carrier’s ‘Mega-MPV’ 31,000dwt A-Class vessels, loading and transporting wind components from production facilities in Germany, Spain and China.

Eike Muentz explained the significance of AAL’s achievement, ‘Not only were these blades the longest ever to be shipped into Australia – a record in itself – but we managed to safely load and stow 45 of them on a single sailing, a first too. This enabled significant economies of scale for our customer and their stakeholders, due to the reduced number of total sailings needed. Safety, cost and time efficiency are primary concerns for our customers and we’ve built a reputation for going the extra mile to deliver. The satisfaction of a job done is even better when we can push the boundaries of what’s been possible before.’

Yahaya Sanusi added, ‘We worked on this project for months, making and revising calculations and stowage plans that could help us maximise cargo intake and economies for our customer. We almost exclusively employed 31,000dwt A-Class vessels on this project. With their exceptional cargo in-take of nearly 40,000cbm and weather deck space of 3,000m2, they were instrumental in enabling us to safely transport this huge number of blades on each sailing.’

Alain Akavi, Managing Director of COLI Bremen, concluded, ‘The success of any global logistics solution hinges upon the smallest detail being legislated for and dealt with and, with our renewable energy customers comprising some of the world’s leading brands and industry pioneers, we can’t afford mistakes. Their expanding global footprint, coupled with the increasing physical size of modern windmill components, places ever-increasing demands on us and our chosen partners to control time and cost efficiencies. Working with a carrier like AAL, that not only has the physical capability to do the job, but that shares our commitment to service integrity and quality, is imperative.’

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‘FAR EAST – MIDDLE EAST LINER SERVICE’ LAUNCHED

Specialist multipurpose carriers and long-standing collaborators, AAL and Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), are entering an exciting global cooperation that will see both carriers expand their trade route coverage, sailings frequency, and MPV fleet capacity. The cooperation will create a joint Far East – Middle East MPV Liner Service, served by five MPV vessels and a scheduled bi-monthly rotation. It will also see the expansion of HMM’s services portfolio with global tramp solutions, and semi-liner services provided by AAL. Both carriers will remain independent and promote these expanded services under their own respective brands.

The new Far East – Middle East MPV Liner Service will provide regular and scheduled sailings for breakbulk, project heavy-lift and general cargo shippers with five highly flexible MPV vessels (four 30,100dwt 640-Class from HMM and one 31,000dwt A-Class from AAL) on a 15 and 30-day sailing rotation. The service will connect the Asian markets of China, Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Singapore with the Middle East via the Persian Gulf and Red Sea routes. Capacity and port coverage will be jointly coordinated, but each carrier will issue separate schedules to their customers, who’ll be able book space on any vessel serving the trade.

Namir Khanbabi, Chartering & Operations Director of AAL, explained: “AAL has run successful MPV liner services between Asia and its key trade partners for more than 20 years, and our expertise in collecting and combining multiple cargo types and parcel sizes on regular scheduled sailings provides significant value and efficiencies for our customers in multiple industry sectors.

“By pooling our resources with HMM, we can each offer more comprehensive service portfolios with improved frequency, capacity, coverage, and economies of scale for our customers. There will be no collaboration on pricing and we will each pursue bookings under our own respective brands, with separate commercial teams and bills of lading.

“The intention is to expand the service to six vessels, with an additional A-Class vessel by 2019. As more global projects become active in 2018 and multipurpose cargo volumes rise – as has been widely forecasted – we aim to be in pole position to competitively service this demand, whatever the cargo and wherever the destination.”

HMM is also expanding its portfolio with a range of global bespoke tramp solutions and semi-liner services – connecting the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia – operated by AAL. These flexible and multiple award-winning services are powered by a fleet of MPV vessels that combine extreme heavy-lift capacity with market-leading cargo intake and are served by AAL’s renowned in-house operations and engineering teams.

Seung-il Park, General Manager of HMM, commented: “We’ve established a leading position with Korea’s dynamic energy and infrastructure industries, operating regular multipurpose sailings between Asia and the West. These same customers can now take advantage of the exciting new services that our cooperation with AAL will bring, without seeing any change to either the team or the process by which they make their current bookings.

He concluded; “There are no immediate plans for a more expanded cooperation but, should there be meaningful opportunities to generate further value for our respective customers through an expanded collaboration, this will be thoroughly reviewed as and when.”

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NEW COMMERCIAL MANAGER FOR CANADA

In a move that underscores AAL’s long standing presence and commitment to the Canadian market and further boosts its support of a growing project customer-base in the region, the global operator has appointed Marc Schutzbier as Commercial Manager of its Canada operations. Marc is a highly respected shipping professional with over eleven years international and local market experience working for one of the world’s leading project forwarders, Deugro.  Marc will be based in AAL’s Calgary office.

Felix Schoeller, General Manager with AAL and responsible for the carrier’s Canadian operations for the last four years commented, ‘Marc has a great deal of commercial expertise and a deep understanding of the Canadian and wider North American heavy-lift project markets and what it takes to meet the needs of our local customers. He brings with him great passion and will help to drive forward our ambitious business development strategy for the region.

Marc himself concluded, ‘AAL has impressive and well-established resources already serving the North American market – a significant fleet of highly flexible MPP vessels, a multiple award-winning operations and commercial team with heavy-lift project credentials second to none. And, most importantly, a proven track record and the respect of the local shipping community, which is not an easy thing to build in such challenging market conditions. 

‘As the project market once again develops momentum, we have a highly competitive portfolio of multipurpose and heavy lift services for our customers.  This comprises tailor-made chartering solutions and flexible fixed route semi-liner services of regular sailings between Canada and the rest of the Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa – a one-stop-shop for not just project shippers, but also those who wish to ship dry bulk, breakbulk and general cargo.

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LOOKING FOR A CAREER IN SHIPPING? WE’RE HIRING!

We are hiring!
AAL is looking for driven individuals to join our expanding team of shipping professionals around the world, so please send our HR team your current CV and a covering letter. If you’re located in Singapore, please check out these current vacancies and apply accordingly.

Current Vacancies

Date of Posting Job Position Title Department Country Closing Date
7 December 2017 Voyage Operator (Tramp) Tramp Singapore 31 January 2018

career opportunities

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AAL BRIDGES THE GAP FOR VICTORIA, BC

AAL completes shipment of iconic Johnson Street Bridge replacement

September 2017 – The multipurpose shipping sector’s most highly decorated carrier, AAL, has successfully completed the transport and discharge of the replacement structure for the iconic Johnson Street Bridge in Victoria, British Columbia – shipped from Shanghai along the carrier’s popular Pacific Service (Connecting North Asia and The Americas), aboard its 31,000dwt A-Class vessel, the AAL Singapore and for leading freight forwarder, Deugro.

At 42.7m in length, 18.6m wide, and 4.1m tall bridge section is the largest component of the biggest single-leaf bascule bridge in Canada and one of the largest in the world. When the new bridge officially opens in March 2018 it will create a new historic structure and destination within Victoria’s Inner Harbour. The architect who designed the original Johnson Street Bridge, Joseph Strauss, would later go on to design the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Tanya Britton, AAL’s Chief Representative for AAL In Canada commented, ‘The new Johnson Street Bridge represents a new era of connectivity into Victoria’s downtown. It will improve safety and accessibility with more than 50 per cent of its deck space dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists, in addition to providing three lanes for motor vehicles.’

Britton added, “Featuring side mounted cranes that offer combined lifting of up to 700mt, our A-Class was the perfect partner for this very challengingly-shaped cargo that presented a number of demands in terms of engineering, crane capacity and overall deck space requirement. Supported by our in-house engineering specialists and their experience of working on oversized and specialist cargo shipments, we completed the delivery of this high value cargo on schedule and budget.”

AAL’s specialist mpp fleet is the market’s youngest and combines extreme lifting capability (700mt) with leading in-take capacity, with tonnage ranging from 19,000 to 33,000dwt. Through a unique triad of award-winning services – Chartering, Liner Services and Semi-Liner Services – it serves the 24/7 demands of global oil & gas, renewable energy, agriculture, mining, forestry, and construction sector project customers.

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GONE WITH THE WIND!

AAL executing the successful discharge of 51 giant windmill blades in Corpus Christi USA, transported from Taicang in China.

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AAL WINS BEST ASIA PACIFIC PROJECT CARRIER 2017!

‘HIGH FIVE – LATEST WIN AT THE LLOYD’S LIST ASIA AWARDS 2017 AND FIFTH HONOR SINCE 2016, SECURES AAL ITS PLACE AS THE WORLD’S MOST AWARDED MPP CARRIER!’

Singapore 26 October 2017 – AAL won the Logistics Award at this year’s Lloyd’s List Asia Pacific Awards. This latest win is our fifth since 2016, making it the most awarded MPP (multipurpose) carrier in the world.

The Lloyd’s List Award series recognises shipping industry successes and sets a benchmark for excellence while rewarding innovative ideas that push the boundaries of what is possible. In presenting the Logistics Award to AAL, the judges highlighted AAL’s strong metrics in offering a trio of liner, semi-liner and tramp services for high-value cargoes to, from and within the Asia-Pacific region. The Lloyd’s List Asia Pacific Awards are one of the world’s largest and most prestigious and 2017 marked its 20-year anniversary. The black-tie event was attended by over 450 executives from Asia’s leading shipping and logistics related companies.

The Logistics Award, sponsored by PSA, was collected by Kyriacos Panayides who commented: “AAL has a strong Asia-Pacific heritage and we are proud of the role we play in connecting the region with the rest of the world, for which this award is much appreciated recognition. This is also AAL’s fifth global award since 2016 and such honours from our industry peers attest to the professionalism and dedication of our shore and onboard teams.

“It takes genuine expertise, specific skills and specialist multipurpose vessels to successfully move heavy-lift project cargo and we really appreciate the trust that our global customers place in us.”

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HIGH FIVE – LATEST WIN AT THE LLOYD’s LIST ASIA AWARDS 2017, SECURES AAL ITS PLACE AS WORLD’S MOST AWARDED MPP CARRIER!

26.10.17 – Singapore, at the Lloyd’s List Asia-Pacific Awards 2017, AAL won the LOGISTICS AWARD 2017! This prestigious win marks AAL’s fifth global award since 2016, making AAL the world’s most awarded carrier and attests to the market-leading service quality that we strive to provide – services that truly put us above the rest.

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AAL JAPAN APPOINTS CPC ASIA AS NEW COMMERCIAL AGENT

AAL Japan is terminating its Commercial Agency cooperation with Keystone Logistics and has nominated CPC (Consolidated Pool Carriers (Asia) Co. Ltd) as its new Commercial Agent in the Country.

Yuko Kimura, our Chief Representative in Japan, explained, ‘Based in Tokyo, CPC has been a specialist project cargo and heavy lift broker for over 20 years and our ambitions for the market are closely aligned. The potential for this partnership and the value it will bring to both our local customers and AAL Japan’s standing in the region is significant.’

Kyriacos Panayides added, ‘AAL’s corporate strategy is to strengthen our core regional markets and to focus resources on becoming carrier of choice in the global project cargo sector. Japan is such a market, where we see strong growth potential and are fully invested for the long term. As we move into an exciting new era with CPC, I would take this opportunity to thank Keystone for their hard work and wish them the best of luck in the future.’

Lars Feller, Managing Director of CPC Asia, concluded, ‘We are delighted with the appointment. It is a great opportunity for us and the wider COLI Group and will provide major benefits and increased options to our valued customers and partners in the trade lanes and regarding tonnage. We are confident that this relationship will thrive and strengthen the long-term and wider relationship between our companies.

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AAL LOADS THE NEW CROWN JEWEL OF VICTORIA HARBOR!

1 September 2017 – AAL Singapore is seen loading Bridge Leaf and OSD Panels (L42.74m x W18.6m x H7.96m, Wt 367mt) with accessories in Shanghai, Luojing Terminal destined for Victoria, Ogden Port.

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SIX RTGs SAIL COAST TO COAST, DOWN MEXICO WAY!

AAL completes shipment of six giant gantry cranes from West to East coast Mexico

August 2017 – AAL successfully completed the movement of six giant gantry cranes from Lazaro Cardenas on the Mexican west coast to Veracruz on its east coast, booked by AAL’s Tramp & Projects team. The shipment was carried out by the AAL Brisbane on behalf of a leading provider of port equipment, engineering and productivity solutions.

The six Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs) will be utilised at the Hutchison Ports ICAVE, a specialised container terminal at Veracruz. Each unit weighed up to 190 tonnes and 28m height, 26m length and 13m width. A combination of their weight and extreme size dimensions meant that AAL was one of the few carriers with the specialist skills, expertise and vessels to safely and efficiently fulfil the shipment.

Nicola Pacifico explained: ‘Given the challenges of size and weight, our large A-class was the perfect choice for our customer. The planning required for such a project cannot be underestimated either and we worked closely with our customer to evaluate any options at every stage. During planning, we undertook highly detailed modelling and extensive engineering calculations to ensure that ship and team were fully prepared and equipped to perform safely and accurately. Significantly, with AAL’s engineering teams, crews, vessels and operations all owned and managed from within our own Group, we could offer our customer the very highest levels of flexibility, control and assurance.’

Marc Willim added, ‘We have worked hard to build an operating fleet and engineering capability that can satisfy even the most complex project and heavy-lift cargo operations – anywhere in the world and at any time. Multi-million-dollar cargo requires expert handling and, when every dollar counts in today’s challenging markets, we go the extra mile to create customer solutions that deliver on safety, but also cost and time efficiency – and that’s really when every moment of our 2 decades of experience in this sector comes into play.’

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HOUSTON, OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU

Following the terrible Hurricane Harvey flooding in Texas, we have closely monitored the situation in Houston via our close colleagues there on the ground. Some of those we work with have been displaced and many, many more in need too.

Please consider making a donation to the official Hurricane Relief Fund, to help local families reestablish themselves.

We send our hopes and thoughts go to the entire Houston community, during this time.

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IN MEMORIAM – DAVE ROELS, PHOTOGRAPHER (1949 – 2017)

Our image library is packed with amazing and memorable photo-shoots in British Columbia that Dave shot for us and his work with our colleagues at ‘BC Shipping’ Magazine was always appreciated. A fine man and a great talent, sorely missed. RIP from all of us here at AAL.

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A YANKEE WELCOME IN SUNNY MELBOURNE!

31.7.17 – 31,000dwt AAL Shanghai discharging a cargo shipment in Melbourne comprising Yankee Dryer, transformer, tanks and other smaller parcels.

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WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH..!

AAL Singapore broke a sweat on Friday 28th July, when the whole team attended a team-building and stress-busting boot camp afternoon on Sentosa Island.

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JAPANESE CUSTOMERS PAY SINGAPORE A VISIT!

19.07.17: A group of important Japanese customers were yesterday treated to an exclusive visit to the AAL Singapore in the Port of Yokohama. The group were invited along to see the Singapore in action and were treated to a private tour of the 31,000dwt A-Class vessel by her Master, Captain Fomicevs. She called in Yokohama to discharge a cargo of steel structures on her way to China – having returned from Vancouver along AAL’s Pacific Liner Service.

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AAL WINS TOP ASIA PROJECT SHIPPING AWARD, A FOURTH TIME!

AAL beat off intense competition from the sector’s leading carriers, to win the prestigious ‘Best Shipping Line Project Cargo’ award at the high profile AFLAS Awards in Singapore last night (29.6.17) – the fourth consecutive year AAL has won in this category.

Felix Schoeller commented, after collecting the award on AAL’s behalf, ‘We’d like to thank Asia Cargo News and the AFLAS Committee for nominating AAL once again in this all important Project Cargo Shipping category and we are immensely proud to have gone on to win the award for a fourth consecutive year. Even though AAL has expanded its project shipping capability to offer global coverage, Asia is still fundamental to ours and our customers’ operations and this important award tonight is testament to the hard work of everyone in our organisation on land and sea.’

The award was voted for by over 15,000 readers of ‘Asia Cargo News’ – shipping professionals, EPCs and project owners from across the world. This is an incredible achievement and one we should all be proud of – especially considering how hotly contested the award itself was this year, with other nominees including: Rickmers, Intermarine, Chipolbrok, Spliethoff, D-Ships and BigLift.

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TO RUSSIA WITH TRUCKS!

AAL DELIVERS 13 GIANT HAUL TRUCKS FOR SIBERIAN MINING PROJECT

AAL has successfully completed the shipment of 13 enormous haulage trucks (170mt each) from Laem Chabang Port in Thailand to the Port of Nakhodka in southeast Russia. The shipment was booked by our Brisbane office and operated by the Tramp & Projects team.

These Komatsu 830E ultra-class haul truck units – each over 14m in length, weighing 170mt and featuring an immense 2,360hp+ diesel powertrain – were transported on the 19,000dwt S-Class AAL Dampier, on behalf of 2016’s ‘International Freight Forwarder of the Year’, Freightplus. The trucks will be employed at a major Siberian mining project and are especially designed for off-road use in high-production mining and heavy-duty construction environments.

Namir Khanbabi commented: “We were delighted to partner with such as renowned freight forwarder as Freightplus and to have successfully completed the delivery of this important cargo ahead of schedule. The crane capacity of our S-Class fleet came into its own, giving Freightplus the assurance that each 170mt truck could be lifted, stowed and discharged at Nakhodka terminal without any reach issues. There was great communication between our two teams throughout the operation, supported by the expertise and diligence of the ship’s crew and the technical knowledge of our in-house engineering experts, drawing on their experience of working on over-sized and specialist cargo shipments for the mining sector.”

John Gleeson, CEO at Freightplus, added, ‘We came to AAL Shipping with very specific needs, in relation to stowage, crane capacity and reach, vessel length and draft, deck strength, schedule and budget and they tailored a solution for us that ticked every box. Being a regular user of AAL’s services in the Asia-Pacific region, we knew their very competent and dedicated team could be trusted to deliver as promised and that’s exactly what they did. They performed like a well-oiled machine and exceeded our expectations, in every respect.”

Watch the YOUTUBE video of this awesome shipmment here!

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LPL PRAISES AAL FOR DELIVERY OF KEY STAGE IN EGYPTIAN ‘MEGAPROJECT’

AAL has just completed its intense 9-month project shipment for LPL Projects + Logistics GmbH, to transport 194,561 freight tons of HRSG modules and related accessories (architectural steel and other components) from Ulsan and Penglai to the Egyptian ports of Sokhna and Adabiyah – cargo destined for the country’s largest-ever power generation project, the Siemens’ Megaproject.

The cargo comprised 384 HRSG modules and 45,000 freight tons of accessories, transported on 17 sailings between South Korea, China and Egypt between August 2016 and May 2017. The modules will be used at the Beni Suef and New Capital Power Plants, two thirds of the biggest gas-fired combined-cycle power station in the world and one that will generate 14.4 GW – a boost of 45 percent to Egypt’s power capacity.

Namir Khanbabi commented, ‘To have been involved in the Middle East’s most high profile energy project was a great honour and to deliver on schedule and without incident is testament to the sustained efforts of our sea and land-based teams. We were awarded the project by LPL in the Summer of 2016 and started almost immediately, quickly deploying four of our 31,000dwt A-Class vessels, dedicated to carrying-out the monthly and sometimes fortnightly sailings required into the Red Sea. With their 700mt combined heavy-lift capability and market leading intake, they performed incredibly well and reinforce our strategy of employing larger tonnage on tramp and projects operations where we can offer customers economies of scale on every sailing.’

Marc Willim added, ‘LPL were incredibly professional to work with and the communication between us was excellent and needed to be, considering the strict project timing, sailings intensity and overall importance of this multi-billion-dollar project to all stakeholders. The flexible ‘mega-size’ mpp tonnage we deployed, the technical knowledge of our in-house teams and over 20 years’ experience of working on energy projects, enabled us to deliver the capacity, schedule integrity and cargo handling required.’

Angelika Roos, LPL Project Director Megaproject Egypt, concluded, ‘Working with AAL was very professional. They always made an effort to find solutions when needed. It is easy to say that the carrier performance was perfect if everything goes well, but you really can only judge the performance of your partner if you are facing challenges. Here we have to say that everything worked out good. The communication between AAL and LPL was very good. We worked together as a team.’

Well done to all the AAL Team involved!

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AAL SHIPS TWO 500MT ‘CYCLONE VESSELS’ FOR MALAYSIA’S RAPID PROJECT

AAL has successfully completed the transportation of two giant ‘cyclone vessels’ (each measuring approx. 22m x 11m x 10m and weighing over 500mt) to Petronas’ US$27 billion RAPID project in Malaysia, on behalf of leading freight forwarder, Oceansmart Global.

The two cyclone or ‘tertiary’ vessels were loaded onto the AAL Fremantle in Mailiao, Taiwan, using her combined 700mt cranes to safely lift and stow the cargo into one of her three giant, box shaped holds and weather deck respectively. The units were discharged in Tanjung Setapa, ahead of their installation at Petronas’ refinery and petrochemical integrated development project (RAPID) in Pengerang, Southern Johor, Malaysia. The RAPID project covers an area of 2,000ha and, when fully operational in 2019, is expected to produce an estimated nine million tons of petroleum products and 4.5 million tons of petrochemicals a year.

Grant Bell, commented: “Even in such a challenging market, project shippers like Oceansmart Global – chosen to represent multi-billion-dollar global projects – still rank service quality and schedule integrity above all and place high value on having a trustworthy relationship between shipper and carrier. They committed to avoid costly delays and interruptions and trusted that we would, in turn, move mountains to deliver the cargo safely and on time for them.’

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AAL HOSTS MISSION TO SEAFARERS & CHANNEL 9 TV IN BRISBANE

Global maritime welfare charity visits AAL Shanghai to celebrate Marcia Scholes’s 70 years’ of volunteering in the Port of Brisbane

Brisbane, Australia – April 2017 – AAL was pleased to recently host the Mission To Seafarers and Australia’s Channel 9 aboard the AAL Shanghai to celebrate volunteer Marcia Scholes’s 70 years of helping seafarers in the Port of Brisbane.

Frank Mueller, commented, “We’re delighted to help with this recognition of Marcia’s amazing achievements. Seafaring is a fulfilling career, but it often comes with emotional and physical challenges that many land-based staff do not have to face. The Mission To Seafarers plays a huge role in providing the practical and pastoral support to seafarers and ports around the world and we’re grateful for everything they do.”

The Mission To Seafarers works in more than 200 ports in 50 countries caring for seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs – over 1.5 million people. Through its global network of chaplains, staff and volunteers it offers practical, emotional and spiritual support to seafarers through ship visits, drop-in seafarers’ centres and a range of welfare and emergency support services.

Ross Nicholls, Secretary at Mission to Seafarers, and Brisbane Marine Pilots, commented, “Seafarers carry out one of the most demanding jobs in the world, and the work of Mission To Seafarers’ dedicated volunteers has a direct impact upon the quality of lives they lead, and their families’ welfare. While the ships have changed over the years, the values of compassion, inclusion, and teamwork that are central to our mission have not. Marcia Scholes has embodied these ideals for more than 70 years, and both we and the sailors who’ve visited the Port of Brisbane are enormously grateful for her service.”

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AAL DELIVERS 13 MONSTER TRUCKS (160MT EACH) TO RUSSIA – WATCH THE VIDEO

AAL recently harnessed one of its 19,000dwt S-Class multipurpose heavy lift vessels, the AAL Dampier, to deliver multiple giant truck units (weighing 160mt each) to the Port of Nakhodka in southeast Russia. Its customer was Freightplus was recently awarded ‘International Freight Forwarder of the Year’ at the 2016 Australia Shipping Awards – where AAL also walked away with top honors in the multipurpose carrier category, ‘Excellence in Project Cargo’.

Watch the video NOW here.

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A WARM WELCOME IN ICY VANCOUVER

February 2017 – AAL’s Vancouver office celebrated its attendance at Cargo Logistics Canada 2017 with a special reception for selected customers and contacts in attendance at the show. A good time was had by all and our monthly ‘Pacific Liner Service’ between Asia and North America is growing ever more popular, with an even broader range of shippers across British Columbia. For more details sales.ca@aalshipping.com

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LATEST ISO CERTIFICATIONS FOR AAL’S QUALITY, ENVIRONMENTAL, ENERGY AND HEALTH & SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

AAL is the first shipping company to be issued 2015 certifications – ISO 9001 for Quality Management and ISO 14001 for Environmental Management – by DNV–GL’s subsidiary office in Singapore. Awarded simultaneously as ISO 50001:2011 for Energy Management and OHSAS 18001:2007 for Occupational Health & Safety, they are a benchmark our commitment to build competitive advantage through the quality of our global services, infrastructure and internal and external operations.

‘These latest certifications represent core components of AAL’s day-to-day operational focus – management efficiency, environmental protection, energy conservation and commitment to health and safety. With the market at its most challenging, we’ve taken the bold step to invest significantly in our global operations, infrastructure and people and build the quality and range of services we offer as a clear point of differentiation between AAL and other carriers. We believe this is the only sustainable way to keep growing our reputation and our business with key customers worldwide.’ Commented Kyriacos Panayides.

He Added, ‘We are well down the road of a major systems upgrade, communications building, personnel training and markets and services development – the most comprehensive programme of its kind we’ve undertaken and our teams have embraced the challenge and the very real benefits to AAL, its customers and stakeholders.’

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AAL KEEPS THE LIGHTS ON IN NEW SOUTH WALES!

AAL and its customer Cargo Line International in Sydney, worked together this January to transport a 240 mt generator transformer, from Toshiba’s production facility in Shanghai, to Newcastle. Once installed on the New South Wales (NSW) power gird, the transformer will be able to change the voltage of electricity produced by the local power station.

The unit was carried on our 31,000 dwt A-Class vessel, the AAL Shanghai and along our popular Asia – Australia East Coast (AUEC) Liner service.

Thank-you to our brilliant Brisbane team for the story and pictures!

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CYCLONE CARGO FOR MALAYSIA!

30-31 December, 2016: The AAL Fremantle loading two ‘cyclone vessels’ [500 mt each] in Mailiao, Taiwan and destined for Tanjung Setapa in Malaysia, for installation at the Petronas’ “RAPID” project.

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SHANGHAI LUOJING TERMINAL THANKS AAL

NEW AAL China Chief, Christophe Grammare, emphasizes importance of offering convenient and competitive trade routes between China and its global partners.

At its first-ever formal ceremony held on 16 December 2016 at the Shanghai Guchun Park Hotel, the Shanghai Luojing Terminal – Shanghai’s biggest and most important breakbulk cargo hub – formally named and thanked key partners for their contribution to the terminal’s trade performance in 2016. AAL, who has been regularly calling at the Port since its opening, and in 2016 carried over 400,000 freighted tons of cargo through the port, was honored with a bronze model from the Terminal’s General Manager, Ren Sheng Hua.

Christophe Grammare, Managing Director of AAL’s Liner Services Division, and from 2017 relocating from Australia to China taking the additional role of Chief Representative for China, explained: ‘Such positive recognition of our services is important, as China is the largest breakbulk market in Asia and we aim to offer our local customers the most convenient and competitive trade routes and services possible. The Terminal is conveniently located on the Yangtze Southbank close to the city and offers advantages that benefit our outbound customer shipments of steel and heavy-lift project cargo. For this reason, it has been a regular feature of our Liner Services between Asia and the USWC & Oceania for almost a decade and a highly convenient call for our tailor-made Tramp sailings too.’

He Added, ‘China’s trade performance is of course hampered by global economic uncertainty. Nevertheless, with a projected growth of between 6.3% and 6.5% for the mainland in 2017 and its biggest industries challenging and competing on the global stage to grow this further, AAL will continue to provide the resources on the ground and the tonnage in the water to meet our local customers’ demands and expectations – as we’ve done for the past 21 years.’

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CHRISTOPHE GRAMMARE APPOINTED CHINA CHIEF

Dear Customers, Colleagues & Partners

On Behalf of AAL, we take great pleasure in announcing that as of December 9 2016, Managing Director of our Liner Services Division, Christophe Grammare, has undertaken the additional role of AAL’s Chief Representative in Greater China – a position previously held by Wolfgang Harms, who leaves the company after almost four years’ loyal service.

Christophe has over 10 years’ experience at the top level of AAL and has held senior positions for the company previously in China. We wish him every success in his new role and ask that you to please direct any relevant communication directly to Christophe at: c.grammare@aalshipping.com.

We thank-you for your kind attention.

AAL Board of Directors

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AAL WINS SECOND MAJOR AWARD IN TWO WEEKS!

Wednesday night, AAL won the ‘Excellence in Project Cargo Breakbulk / Heavy Lift’ award at the Lloyd’s List Australia 21st Shipping Industry Awards 2016. Our colleagues, David Church and Russell Smith attended the event in Sydney on AAL’s behalf (pictured).

This is AAL’s 2nd award in the same amount of weeks – having won ‘Breakbulk Operator of the Year’ at the Global Freight Awards 2016 in London just 2 weeks ago. We are truly honored with this fantastic and unique achievement and will harness this acknowledgement to drive us forward and achieve even more for our customers and partners all over the world.

Thank you to the Lloyd’s List Australia Committee for voting for us and to all our customers and partners in the region for their continued support. We dedicate this win to our brilliant Australia team!

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LET IT RAIN!

November 2016 and AAL delivers a giant ‘amine reactor’ to Singapore’s Keppel Shipyard from Shanghai, for the Golar Hilli FLNG terminal. Comprised of various giant components, TWO particular pieces measured 58m and 35.5m in length and 243mt and 505.7mt respectively. Both during Loading and discharge, torrential rain downpours threatened the patience of the photographers involved, but did nothing to slow down the heavy-lift operations of the expert AAL teams involved. Well done, teams – glad you had your waterproofs on!

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AAL WINS GLOBAL ‘BREAKBULK OPERATOR 2016’

November 3 2016, at a glittering ceremony in London, AAL collected the Global Freight Awards’ ‘BREAKBULK OPERATOR OF THE YEAR 2016’ – the first time these annual awards have featured a dedicated category for the breakbulk sector.
Kyriacos Panayides picked-up the award on our behalf. He commented, ’This is a tremendous honour and especially significant in that the award was independently voted for by the readers of Lloyd’s Loading List – a readership comprising of our customers, partners and associates from all over the world.
‘Breakbulk Operator of the Year 2016 is the fifth industry award for AAL in the past 2 years and is dedicated to all our teams on land and sea, who work tirelessly to provide the 24/7 commitment to excellence that our global service is built upon and such industry honours recognise.’
This latest win for AAL is recognition of a sustained period of growth and development in which we have expanded our global footprint, boosted operating fleet capacity and launched new added value services for our customers.
Congratulations everyone!

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USD 11 MILLION SUPER-YACHT LAUNCHES GULF-ASIA SERVICE

Last month, our Tramp & Projects division celebrated the launch of its new scheduled ‘Gulf-Asia’ semi-liner service in style by loading a 200mt super-yacht on its first call at the Dubai port of Jebel Ali. The handcrafted 37m luxury yacht is a Majesty 122 series, built by the renowned UAE manufacturer Gulf Craft and the model costs in excess of USD 11 million. She was loaded with extreme care onto the A-Class AAL Fremantle, using her port-side mounted cranes and will be discharged in Newcastle, Australia for yacht transport and logistics provider, Cigisped in Dubai.

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AAL & GEODIS JOIN FORCES FOR PORT PIRIE REDEVELOPMENT

On August 9th the AAL Dampier delivered a giant Electrostatic Precipitator (ESP) module to one of the world’s largest primary lead smelting facilities, Port Pirie – located in Southern Australia and operated by Nyrstar an integrated mining and metals processing business. The 41m long and 21m high module weighed 530mt and is the largest component to be shipped for Pirie’s ongoing Redevelopment Project which will convert the aged smelter into a modern multi metals processing and recovery facility. AAL’s safe ocean transport of this module was part of a wider end-to-end logistics operation managed by the Industrial Projects division of international supply chain operator, GEODIS.

The massive ESP unit was shipped from the Yanda Module Yard in Jiangsu China and was lifted and loaded using the significant 700mt combined lifting capacity of AAL’s highly manoeuvrable 19,000dwt S-Class vessel and the combined efforts of its in-house engineering and operations teams.

Marc Willim, General Manager of AAL’s Tramp & Projects Division, explained, ‘Our engineers spent weeks pouring over lift, stowage and discharge plans, to ensure safe and timely delivery. The result is a milestone for all parties involved. For AAL it reinforces our reputation as a trusted heavy lift specialist, with the right tonnage and expertise to meet any multipurpose shipping demands. For Geodis, it marks another successful stage in their seamless execution of this project and Nyrstar takes delivery of a component that will significantly improve the environmental performance of its site as part of the delivery of the Redevelopment Project.’

Maureen Brown, General Manager AU/NZ, Industrial Projects, GEODIS added, ‘The success of the project to date is due to the dedicated team based in Brisbane, Adelaide and Shanghai, and has brought a number of benefits to Nyrstar.’

The ESP unit is part of an innovative Off Gas System that will draw Sulphur Dioxide rich gas and fumes generated from the Top Submerged Furnace (TSL) and ‘electrostatically’ charge them, removing solid particles and enabling ‘clean gas’ to continue into the Acid Plant process. The system will have a significant positive impact on the environmental performance of Pirie’s operations which will lead to improved community health.

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AAL NANJING MAKES LIGHT WORK OF 435mt LIEBHERR CRANE

September 2016, Australia – The AAL Nanjing loads a huge 435mt Liebherr LHM550 Mobile Harbour Crane in Fremantle and transports northwards along the Australian Coast to Darwin. The shipment is made possible with the 19,000dwt S-Class vessel’s impressive 700mt combined lifting capacity and the excellent work of AAL’s in-house engineering team, who painstakingly plan every stage of the shipment from loading to discharge.

Our thanks to AAL Line Manager, Mauro Capano for the story.

Read more about our engineering team and its philosophy of planning excellence: ‘The man with the plan’ in ‘Shipping Network’ our hardware and vessels and more projects preformed by the AAL Team.

process of plannins

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ASIA – RED SEA SERVICE, PERFECT SOLUTION FOR SIEMENS

August 2016 – modules for a state of the art heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) and destined for the Beni Suef power plant in Egypt, are loaded aboard the AAL Dalian in South Korea. Commissioned by global logistics provider the LPL Group, this is the first of a series of cargo shipments that AAL will undertake between Asia and the Red Sea for the Siemen’s Megaproject in Egypt – a project that includes the development of three 4.8 gigawatt turnkey combined power plants in Beni Suef, Burullus and New Capital.

Namir Khanbabi, explained, ‘This is an incredibly important project for Siemens and indeed Egypt – one that will boost power generation capacity for the country by 50 percent, to 16.4 gigawatts. Accordingly, we are providing Siemens with a comprehensive and dedicated solution that involves four of our owned 31,000dwt A-Class vessels being deployed between Asia and the Red Sea.’

‘The commitment of this best-in-class tonnage provides Siemens with the guaranteed capacity, bi-monthly schedule integrity and port call flexibility it needs to meet its logistics and time objectives. It also gives our other multipurpose and heavy lift customers around the world a regular and highly flexible semi-liner service: Asia – Red Sea – Asia.’

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HOUSTON, WE’VE LANDED!

Visit AAL at Breakbulk Americas 2016
Booth 731

Visit us at Breakbulk Americas 2016, Wed 28th and Thu 29th September in Houston and find out how we can add value to your global ocean transportation logistics, with our unique combination of tailor-made Tramp and scheduled Liner services. Find out more about our growing portfolio of Semi-Liner services that offer the assurance of regular fixed route sailings on major trades and convenience of highly flexible port calls.

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OUR YOUNGEST FAN!

A big thank you to a budding young artist – 7-year old Luka (son of Silvija our Crewing Assistant in CSM Rijeka). His terrific depictions of our vessels: the A-Class ‘AAL Shanghai’ and S-Class ‘AAL Bangkok’ earns him an AAL goodie bag. Thank-you, Luka!

Take a look at AAL and CSM teamwork in Lukas’ hometown, Rijeka.

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AAL IN THE NEWS!

‘Measure, Analyze, Rinse, Repeat’ – Excellent Breakbulk Magazine article by Carly Fields and featuring comment from our very own Felix Schoeller – plus an amazing image of our discharging a 410-tonne, air cooled condensing unit in Port Headland, Western Australia.

Read this issue of Breakbulk Magazine here: here

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HEAVY, HEAVIER… HEAVIEST!

This month, AAL successfully lifted and loaded one of the heaviest single units of cargo ever to board one of its vessels! At well over 500mt, this oxidation furnace module component was loaded in China aboard the S-Class AAL Dampier and is destined for South Australia. More information to follow.

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VOTE FOR AAL TODAY!

VOTE FOR AAL!

Breakbulk Magazine is running a fun photo contest for which AAL has entered 4 recent photos of project cargo and vessels. Whichever you like, please vote by midnight Monday August 8 2016. We thank-you in advance.

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AAL DISCHARGING FLOATING CARGO IN NANAIMO (VIDEO)

AAL discharging floating cargo in Nanaimo, BC (June)

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AAL NANJING TAKES CENTER STAGE IN SYDNEY!

AAL NANJING TAKES CENTER STAGE IN SYDNEY

Yesterday, the AAL Nanjing took center stage, on her way to delivering a shipment for the Barangaroo Ferry Hub Project (Sydney Harbour). Millions of Australians at home watched her Nanjing on Channel 9 and Channel 7 prime-time news delivering almost 600 tonnes of steel for the above project. The steel will be used to build a new and important ferry hub at Barangaroo South. Below is the AAL nanjing herself, proudly sailing towards the Sydney Opera House the Sydney Harbour Bridge with this impressive cargo. More photography and videography soon.

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AAL DALIAN PROUD IN NANAIMO

AAL Dalian photographed by the Nanaimo Port Authority, while discharging a cargo of yachts in this very picturesque British Columbia port.

AAL Dalian (4)

AAL Dalian (3)

AAL Dalian (2)

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AAL IN ACTION!

Members of the AAL Operations Team taking a well-earned moment to reflect, having just coordinated the safe & successful loading and stowing of 4 giant ASC units onto the AAL Hong Kong, in some appalling Shanghai weather and visibility conditions.

From left to right: Jack Zhou, Planning Manager (AAL); Branko Stojanovic, Capt. (vessel: AAL Hong Kong); Pero Cecur, QSHE-Marine Superintendent (CSM)

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THE TEAM THAT WORKS HARD, PLAYS HARD!

AAL Singapore turned out in full force, to celebrate a particularly busy time of new developments and exciting activity within AAL. The team were invited by the management to replace their work-wear with some casual gear and compete in an intra-office bowling competition on a Friday afternoon at the end of May. The event proved highly successful and provided a great opportunity for everyone to simply ‘let off steam’. With ice-cold beer flowing and everyone encouraged to mingle, the event proved less about bowling and more about getting together to socialise – and quite right too!

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AAL LOADS 4 GIANT ASC UNITS ON A SINGLE SAILING – AN INDUSTRY FIRST!

This short video shows how AAL engineered part of a series of shipments of 20 Automated Stacking Cranes ‘ASC’ – 473 sqm each unit – on multiple sailings from Shanghai to Melbourne, for final delivery to Victoria International Container Terminal. The combination of our Tramp & Liner Divisions working together deliver a seamless and cost-efficient solution. The cargo is transported along AAL’s scheduled Asia – East Coast Australia liner service, which offers 13 regular port calls on a 17-day rotation. Our 31,000dwt A-Class vessel ‘AAL Hong Kong’ was chosen for the task, as it provided 1,800 sqm of clear deck space and enabled 4 of these giant ASC units to be loaded and transported on a single sailing – the first time this has ever been done.

4 In-house AAL engineers worked in tandem in Asia & Australia to plan and oversee every stage of operations. Loading and discharge of the ASC units required simultaneous operation of three on-board cranes. The professionalism and flexibility of AAL’s operational and engineering teams enabled changes up the last minute. Acting as both ship owner and operator, AAL quickly signed-off major ship modifications needed to accommodate this huge cargo. The third shipment (featured in the video) was successfully loaded in Shanghai, during extremely poor weather and visibility conditions.

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AAL WINS ‘Best Shipping Line – Project Cargo’ AWARD FOR A 3RD YEAR RUNNING!

We announce with great pleasure that yesterday evening, at a packed ceremony at the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, AAL won the Asia Freight & Supply Chain (AFLAS) 2016 Award for ‘Best Shipping Line – Project Cargo’! This is a record third consecutive time that AAL has won this award.

Beating out other shortlisted carriers, that included Intermarine and Wallenius Whilhelmsen, the award was presented to our Deputy Managing Director, Wolfgang Harms. He attended the event on AAL’s behalf with the General Manager of our China Office, Zhao Jin Hai.

Our Managing Director, Kyriacos Panayides said of this lates achievement,‘It was extremely hard to make it onto the nominated shortlist for this award back in 2014, when we first won it. It was then twice as hard to hold onto the award for a second year. But, to be nominated for a third consecutive year and to win again is an incredible achievement. We thank our peers within the global shipping industry who voted for us and for their continued support and faith.

‘This achievement is dedicated to all our AAL personnel who – despite the pressure from the recessive global markets – keep delivering a superior service at every level of our organisation and constantly strive to deliver to our customer first-class global transport solutions.

He concluded, ‘This award also reflects the unique expertise and invaluable contribution of CSM and our fleet’s talented officers and crew, who ensure safe and efficient sailings and cargo operations for AAL across the globe, 24/7.’

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CATCH UP WITH AAL TEAM ON FRIDAY EVENING

Not everything is about work and AAL is pleased to announce another evening with BPLG Members. If you had the pleasure of joining the previous event at Eleven Bar in April, you might remember that there was a donations desk at entry for the Zig Zag foundation to help kids in need.

We have secured the elegant Brass Bar at the Pig & Whistle in Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley for this month’s frivolities. The evening will kick off at 5pm on Friday the 17th June – Happy Hour. Please take the time to catch up with the BPLG Members and our AAL team.

This is another chance for all of you to join this exciting social event in which all project related professionals can relax and meet others in the industry without any hard selling taking place, and of course participate with a ‘note’ donation given at the entrance desk together with their business card.

AAL looks forward to see you!

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AAL JAPAN ANNIVERSARY PROVIDES FORUM FOR BREAKBULK SHIPPING SECTOR OPTIMISM

AAL Japan’s one-year anniversary celebrations in Tokyo provided an opportunity for the country’s leading shipping industry stakeholders to come together and share cautious optimism about the industry’s economic outlook and predictions that heavy lift breakbulk cargo movement ex Japan into Asia will grow over the next 18 months.

AAL’s anniversary celebrations at Meijikinenkan were attended by almost 200 guests and hosted by its Chairman, Heinrich Schoeller, alongside Managing Director, Kyriacos Panayides and other senior representatives of the multipurpose operator from around the world. Helping the mood of optimism about Japan’s project cargo exports was news that local engineering companies are involved with energy projects coming online in Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar, as well as oil and gas developments in Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. Beyond Asia too, upcoming energy projects are being targeted in Africa and oil & gas projects on the US West Coast and Middle East are raising confidence and drawing focus away from a slowing China trade.

Wolfgang Harms, Deputy Managing Director of AAL and head of its operations in Japan commented, ‘Japan’s position as the world’s third largest economy is very much by design. The engineering, industrial and commercial infrastructure and capabilities here are a leading example to the rest of the Asia and indeed many other markets around the world.

‘The local government is working hard to lift economic fortunes. This is being shaped not just with monetary policy to boost trade & consumer spending to an inflation target of 2%, but through infrastructure developments, renewable energy reforms and the building of stronger trade outside Asia – a policy which helped exports rise in the last quarter of 2015, after a sustained period of decline.’

‘Part of the traditional and close local shipping community for many years – even before we opened the Tokyo office – AAL has understood that quality, transparency and reliability are absolute conditions to successful shipping operations here and, in delivering upon these, we’ve established and maintained a leading position in our sector. We will continue to work alongside the rest of the Japanese shipping community to support and even build upon these green shoots of growth in the market.’

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AAL DELIVERS PERFECT SOLUTION TO CONVOY, FOR VITERRA SHIPLOADER PROJECT

Jean Yi, Sales Manager in AAL Canada
Interviewed about the cargo discharge, May 2016.

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AAL&PD AT BREAKBULK EUROPE 2016

AAL & PD would like to thank all our customers, partners and friends who attended our evening reception on Tuesday 24th May at ‘9Beaufort’ in Antwerp’s prestigious MAS Museum. Attended by over 160 guests from the global multipurpose shipping industry, the event marked the one-year anniversary of the AAL & Peter Dohle Cooperation.

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AAL DELIVERS ‘MOBILE’ GRAIN SHIPLOADER TO PORT METRO VANCOUVER

Leading multipurpose heavy lift operator AAL has completed a series of shipments to Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) of an innovative ‘mobile’ grain shiploader to be installed at the Port’s Pacific terminal run by Canada’s largest grain handler Viterra. The largest component was over 66m long and weighed 250mt and, once assembled and operational, will increase the Terminal’s shipping capacity and allow for the loading of post-Panamax sized vessels.
The shiploader was transported from China along AAL’s Pacific Service between Asia and North America and aboard its 31,000 dwt A-Class vessel, the AAL Singapore. Responsible for logistics and planning was Ontario-based Convoy Logistics Providers Ltd. (CLP), appointed by bulk material systems expert EMS-TECH who designed and commissioned the shiploader.
Felix Schoeller, General Manager of AAL’s Pacific Liner Service, explained, ‘The cargo comprised of a newly manufactured shiploader, dock conveyor and transfer tower – part of a wider infrastructure development that will boost grain throughput by millions of tonnes a year. The delivery of this crucial parcel in such an important project underscores our credentials as a service provider and ability to support major N. American projects with optimum safety, efficiency and timely delivery. ’
Dona Asciak, CEO and owner of CLP added, ‘After almost a year of planning, there’s a great sense of accomplishment when you execute a well-planned logistics solution for your customer from ‘stem to stern’ and it proves successful and furthers their interests. We are proud to be involved in this project for EMS-TECH, during such an exciting stage of expansion for Viterra Pacific elevators at the Pacific Terminal.‘

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MESSAGE OF COOPERATION FOR AAL & PD AT BREAKBULK EUROPE 2016

Breakbulk Europe 2016 provided us with a great forum for announcements about the expansion of our cooperation across the world with Peter Dohle. We would like to thank the many customers and partners who visited us during the 3 days of the show and welcome them to continue the dialogue of cooperation at anytime over the coming weeks and months.

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AAL BOOSTS CHINESE OPERATIONS

AAL BOOSTS CHINESE OPERATIONS WITH THE APPOINTMENT OF CENTRAL OCEANS AS COMMERCIAL AGENT FOR HONG KONG & SOUTH CHINA

Leading multipurpose heavy lift operator AAL is set to strengthen its growing presence in the China region, with the appointment of specialist project and steel cargo freight forwarder Central Oceans, as Commercial Agent for Hong Kong and South China.

Wolfgang Harms, Deputy Managing Director of AAL commented, ‘Central Oceans took the decision a decade ago to specialise in this very tough sector and has been at the forefront in terms of service quality and reliability ever since. They will represent the commercial interests of both our Tramp & Projects and Liner Services Divisions across Southern China and, in Hong Kong, they will also function as port / husbandry agent.’

The timing of the announcement is significant, with Beijing making clear in its recent 13th five-year plan that it will provide greater economic support to Macau and Hong Kong and help the latter further develop as a global financial, shipping and trading hub. Harms added, ‘Central Oceans will work alongside our own established teams and offices in China to support regional growth and provide local shippers with both tailor-made tramp and scheduled liner solutions.’

Bram van Olphen, Managing Director of Central Oceans in Hong Kong added, ‘We have differentiated ourselves with a young and ambitious team that is focused and trained on the particular needs of the local market – something that’s enabled us to build unique levels of trust and credibility with local customers. The project cargo market inbound Hong Kong is buoyant, with huge infrastructure projects ongoing and planned – the second quarter of 2015 alone saw construction activity grow by 14.5% to HK 55.2 billion. Outbound, South China is a very convenient and competitive gateway for the rest of Asia, USWC, Europe and we are already actively planning for projects through to 2017.’

‘We’ve known AAL for a long time. They chose to invest in their global service, brand and operations when other carriers took a step back and they share the same customer-centric philosophy and growth ambitions that we do. We look forward to working together and delivering more value-added services to our customers.’

Sylvia Mak will manage joint activity for the cooperation, having been with Central Oceans since its agency operations started and herself highly regarded within the region’s shipping community. She is based in Wan Chai, Hong Kong and will liaise directly with AAL’s regional hub office in Shanghai.

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WE KNOW THAT CRANE FROM SOMEWHERE.

Once an awesome heavy lift cargo, that traveled from China to Canada aboard the AAL Shanghai, the country’s largest gantry crane now stands proud in Vancouver. After the months of planning and preparations that went into the loading, shipment & discharge of this mega cargo, it is great to see her in action and looking so impressive!

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AAL IN THE NEWS – ‘AAL FORGES AHEAD…’ (AJOT 18.4.16)

18 April 2016 – American Journal of Transportation published an interesting article about AAL. To read the complete article by Peter Buxbaum click here.

“AAL, an operator in the breakbulk, heavy lift, and project cargo industry, has achieved several milestones within the last few months. The developments include a first ship call at the Stewart World Port in British Columbia, the first deliveries to a petroleum project in Venezuela, and the establishment of a partnership with Swire Shipping.

AAL’s recent inaugural sailing into Stewart World Port (SWP), British Columbia’s most northern ice-free trading point, was designed to provide increased choice and convenience for its mining, forestry, oil and gas and project cargo customers.

“A port call option at SWP gives customers a wider choice that can ultimately impact the efficiency, delivery and competitiveness of their logistics operations,” said Felix Schoeller, general manager of AAL’s Pacific service.

AAL’s Pacific service provides monthly sailing frequencies between north Asia and the west coast of North America and deploys three modern A-class vessels, each with a combined lifting capacity of 700 metric tons. These vessels can accommodate outsized project cargo along with containers and breakbulk cargo like steel and pulp.”

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SOMETHING BIG JUST ARRIVED IN VANCOUVER!!

21.4.16 – Yesterday saw the discharge in Vancouver of some major heavyweight project cargo (one single piece weighing over 250 mt and measuring over 66 m in length), for our customer Convoy Logistics Providers Ltd. (CLP). More details soon…

Image: David Roels

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AAL JAPAN CELEBRATES ITS ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN STYLE!

April 4 2016, Tokyo Japan: At a lavish reception held at Meijikinenkan and attended by over 180 guests, comprising some of Japan’s leading shipping industry stakeholders, AAL celebrated the one-year anniversary of the opening of AAL Japan. Our Chairman, Heinrich Schoeller formally greeted guests along with Managing Director, Kyriacos Panayides and the event was further attended by senior representatives of our sister company and ship manager of our fleet, Columbia Shipmanagement. Congratulations to Wolfgang Harms, Yuko Kimura and their team for their first year of business and we wish them every success in the future.

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AAL – IN THE NEWS

Christophe Grammare and Felix Schoeller interviewed in Breakbulk Magazine for a thought leadership article entitled, ‘Shore Solutions’. To read the whole article by Malcom Ramsay click here .

Photo Credit: Woodfibre LNG

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COMPILATION OF PROJECT CARGO LIVE FOOTAGE

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AAL OPENS-UP NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA MULTIPURPOSE TRADE

AAL OPENS-UP NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA MULTIPURPOSE TRADE, BY ADDING STEWART WORLD PORT AS AN OPTION ON ITS PACIFIC SERVICE

With its inaugural sailing into Stewart World Port (SWP) on Friday 12 February, AAL is set to enhance its multipurpose trade with British Columbias most northern ice-free trading point and provide increased choice and convenience for its mining, forestry, oil and gas and project cargo customers.

Opened in September 2015 and set in one of the most mineral rich areas of North America, SWP is not only a convenient gateway to North West BC and the Eastern Yukon, but with its deep sea berthing facility and fast transit time from North Asian ports, it also provides a competitive advantage for AALs global customers.

Felix Schoeller, General Manager of AAL’s Pacific Service, explained: A port call option at SWP, as part of our flexible and regular Pacific Service, gives customers a wider choice that can ultimately impact the efficiency, delivery and competitiveness of their logistics operations.

AAL’s inaugural sailing into SWP featured the AAL Newcastle – one of AAL’s owned fleet of A-Class’31,000 dwt multipurpose, heavy lift vessels- delivering project cargo. The seamless berthing and cargo discharge was a success in every regard and a milestone for our new facility, commented SWP’s President & CEO, Ted Pickell. We couldn’t be more pleased.

AAL’s Pacific Service offers a monthly sailing frequency between North Asia and West Coast North America and deploys a fleet of three modern A-Class vessels, each with a combined lifting capacity of 700 mt. These best-in-class vessels are designed and equipped to load and accommodate outsized project cargo alongside containers and break bulk cargo like steel and pulp.

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AAL IS THANKFUL FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL BREAKBULK

Here is a short message from our Deputy Managing Director, Wolfgang Harms to all of you who attended the Breakbulk China. AAL will be glad to see you soon at Breakbulk Europe!

AAL has had a very successful Breakbulk Exhibition last week in Shanghai.
We had the opportunity to meet many new customers, see new faces and catch up with friends we have been knowing for many years.
We had a fantastic attendance and everyone enjoyed the lively discussions we had with old and new to be partners.
A big “thank you” to our customers and our people.
Thanks & Regards诚挚问候

Wolfgang Harms
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Deputy Managing Director
Chief Representative Greater China

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NEW SEMI-LINER SERVICE: ASIA – ME – EU

FIXED ROUTE SAILINGS AND FLEXIBLE PORT CALLS OFFERED BETWEEN ASIA & EUROPE, AS AAL EXPANDS ITS TRAMP DIVISION IN COOPERATION WITH PETER DÖHLE

AAL & PD have followed up their cooperation on a range of global multipurpose tramp solutions with the launch a new joint semi-liner service – ‘Asia – Middle East – Europe’. The route will connect mature and developing markets with regular fixed route sailings, flexible port calls and multiple classes of modern heavy lift MPP vessels and represents a highly competitive solution for the transport of project, breakbulk, container and dry-bulk cargo – big and small.

This launch marks further expansion of AAL’s Tramp & Projects Division and a step forward in its cooperation with Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG (Peter Döhle). The joint semi-liner service will offer best-in-class multipurpose heavy lift tonnage and a full-service of chartering, engineering and operations.

Marc Willim, General Manager of AAL’s Tramp & Projects Division explained, ‘AAL has operated tramp and liner services side-by-side for many years, so we understand the demands of managing regular scheduled services, alongside bespoke chartering solutions. We operate liner services between Asia – NoPac and Asia – Australia and two semi–liner trades between Asia – USG / USEC and Intra-Asia. These services will soon feature regularly published schedules and departure lists, for easy customer reference.’

John Jensen, General Manager of Chartering at Peter Döhle, added, ‘We’ve addressed customer demands for a more regular and defined schedule, in combination with present tramp flexibility for off route contracts and requirements. With our joint geographical set up (PD Europe-Africa / AAL Asia, Middle East & North America), we’re more than ready to master all global challenges. Our well-known customer service quality will definitely be improved with this new step in our joint cooperation.’

Namir Khanbabi, Managing Director of AAL’s Tramp & Projects Division added, ‘Our relationship with Peter Döhle was a determining factor in the launch of this important new trade route, having already set in place a joint global tramp cooperation. Our combined resources, experience and service ethics give us and our customers a real competitive advantage at a time when the market demands it most.’

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