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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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