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

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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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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 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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Aerial photo of Heavy Load Carrier, AAL KEMBLA (own by AUSTRAL ASIA LINE) along the Straits of Malacca.

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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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 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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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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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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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

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

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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 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’.

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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, BC (June)

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AAL and Barangaroo Ferry Hub Terminal Project


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

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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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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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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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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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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 forges ahead

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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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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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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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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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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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
Deputy Managing Director
Chief Representative Greater China

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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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AAL’s hard work is being recognized by Jane McIvor in the the following article, published in the BC Shipping News.

AAL continues to expand its service along the West Coast of North America as it adds Stewart World Port to its itinerary of ports in both Canada and the U.S.

In mid-February, Captain Vinnyk Olesky of the AAL Newcastle accepted a plaque from Breanne Pappin, Manager, Business Development, Stewart World Port (SWP), on the occasion of the vessel’s first visit to Stewart, British Columbia’s northern-most deep-sea, ice-free port. “We are very pleased to present this plaque today,” said Pappin, “and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with AAL for the benefit of our mutual customers.”

Photo above: Presentation ceremony onboard the AAL Newcastle while at Lynnterm Terminal in Vancouver. Left to right: Lily Lv and Tanya Britton (AAL), Miles Hollingbury (Western Stevedoring), Captain Vinnyk Olesky (AAL Newcastle), Breanne Pappin (Stewart World Port) and Jean Yi (AAL). Photo credit: Dave Roels.

With an inaugural sailing into SWP on February 12 (photo above, courtesy of AAL), AAL is creating new opportunities for mining, forestry, oil and gas and project cargo customers who view Stewart as a convenient gateway between Norther B.C., the Yukon and the Asia market. 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.”

In welcoming the AAL Newcastle – one of AAL’s ‘A-Class’ 31,000 dwt multipurpose, heavy lift vessels – Pappin noted that the first call to SWP went very well. She echoed the words of SWP President & CEO, Ted Pickell who commented that “The seamless berthing and cargo discharge was a success in every regard and a milestone for our new facility. We couldn’t be more pleased.” Pappin also credited the strong support from the community of Stewart in helping make SWP a success.

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.

For his part, Captain Olesky was very complimentary of his first experience in Stewart and looked forward to future visits. The AAL Newcastle, with a crew of 24, follows a route along the West Coast of North America – from Stewart to San Diego, Long Beach, Vancouver and Squamish – before returning to Asia.

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AAL will be exhibiting at the upcoming Breakbulk China in March 2015. The exhibition is being held again in Shanghai, China from 16th – 17th March 2016 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center, Hall 3. AAL will be present at booth 802. Come and visit us!

For more information about the exhibition please visit our events page.

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To proactively combat economic challenges facing the Australasia region, we have taken the initiative to strengthen our popular Asia to East Coast Australia liner service, with a space sharing agreement with Swire Shipping that will ensure customers continue to enjoy optimum service, capacity and efficiency on what is a key shipping trade for the local economy. With 20 years in the Asia-Pacific trade and a loyal and growing customer base, award-winning AAL will continue to manage our Asia to East Coast Australia liner service from Brisbane with complete autonomy whilst, at the same time, sharing vessel capacity. This development will offer sustainability in the current economic climate and allow AAL to remain highly competitive – without compromising customer service quality.

The space sharing is scheduled to start on the 14th December 2015 and will enhance AAL’s regular Asia to East Coast Australia liner service in a number of ways:

• A more comprehensive schedule will enable regular service to an increased number of convenient base ports (13 in total), connecting China (Tianjin, Qingdao and Shanghai), South Korea (Incheon and Pusan), Taiwan (Kaohsiung) and Vietnam (Phu My) with Australia’s East & Southern Coast (Brisbane, Newcastle, Geelong, Melbourne, Bell Bay and Gladstone). Additional ports including Dalian, Kobe, Townsville, Mackay and Portland are available on inducement.
• Shortened voyages and focused port selection, will improve transit times on individual voyages.
• In line with customer requirements, sailing frequency is set to improve significantly from a number of key ports (Shanghai, Pusan and Kaohsiung) – from 30 days, to 20 days.
• AAL will continue to deploy two of our market-leading A-Class multipurpose heavy lift vessels on the route (31,000 dwt and each with a 700 mt combined lifting capacity). These vessels are lauded for their unrivalled flexibility – able to efficiently load and accommodate extremely heavy and outsized project cargo, alongside breakbulk, containers and bulk.
• Space can also be booked directly through AAL on two vessels being deployed on the route by Swire Shipping – similar in size, but with lighter gear – giving AAL’s customers increased choice and the same focused and competitive customer service standards they have come to expect.

Christophe Grammare, Managing Director of AAL’s Liner Services Division explained, ‘This, our 20th anniversary year, has been significant for the strategic growth of AAL, with expansion of our operations taking place across the world. Here in the Asia-Pacific, we are reinforcing a well established trade and demonstrating our commitment to local customers and the wider Australian breakbulk, project and heavy lift market – notwithstanding clear economic challenges in the region.’

He added, ‘Our long-standing Brisbane team will continue to manage and oversee our Asia-Pacific liner operations, with complete autonomy to offer the most compelling and competitive solutions to AAL customers. Furthermore, we will continue to build our service quality, sailings frequency and reliability and deploy the finest fleet in the market.’

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AAL is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Dubai, our third new office launch in the past two months following South Korea and Canada. ‘AAL Middle East’ will place the operator at the centre of an emerging and strategically important region for the project shipping sector, as government and private equity investment across the region brings exciting new infrastructure and energy developments into the fore.

AAL Middle East will offer Arabic and English language capabilities and provide local customers with tramp and project shipping solutions, featuring the highest level of technical expertise and competitiveness for all industry sectors and cargo types. The office will also draw upon our fleet of seven classes of multipurpose heavy lift vessels, ranging from 12,000dwt to 31,000dwt. As well as offering tailor-made solutions, AAL will harness the scalability of our operations and infrastructure, to potentially develop regular semi-liner services based on customer demand.

Commenting on the development, Namir Khanbabi, Managing Director of AAL’s global Tramp & Projects division, said: “The Middle East and Gulf market continues to experience significant capital expenditure and development in its infrastructure. It has also seen investment in construction and now growth in nuclear energy – as well as being a major hub for oil and gas projects. In conjunction with the changing geopolitical landscape, there is a real opportunity to work on-the-ground, to deliver competitive transportation solutions for complex and high value cargo in this important region.”

We will be presenting our new Dubai office capabilities and team at Breakbulk Middle East 2015 (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi – 27 & 28 October 2015) on booth B34.

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‘AAL Japan’ Open for Business!

New Tokyo office to boost AAL’s service offering & commitment to local customers

AAL today announced the launch of a new office in Japan – the world’s 3rd largest economy. The strategic move is based on providing excellence in services and on-ground operational support directly to customers in the country, building on AAL’s significant presence in Asia and driving its continued international development as an award-winning and truly global carrier.

Based in Tokyo, AAL Japan will focus on providing quality services to key industries, particularly the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) sectors, where Japan has a strong reputation for the export of high-end quality products. AAL Japan will provide a wide range of transportation and logistics services, drawing upon its extensive experience in the global heavy lift and project cargo markets. These include transportation solutions on sea, land and air, related agency services, financing and temporary staffing and logistics consultancy.

AAL Japan will be headed by Mr. Wolfgang Harms, in conjunction with his current roles as Chief Representative for Greater China and deputy Managing Director of AAL. He will be supported by Mrs. Yuko Kimura as Managing Director, Mr. Takashi Shimizu as General Manager and Mr. Yushi Sato – all directors within the new organisation.

“Japan saw a steady resurgence in its export market towards the end of 2014 – supported by demand from the US and China – an encouraging sign, considering the volatile global market.   To maintain their competitive edge, our local shipping customers aim to maximise their operational efficiencies, as well as health and safety and sustainability standards. At AAL, we have built a trusted reputation for providing flexible transportation solutions that meet these demands. said Wolfgang Harms.

“This development reflects the significance of Japan as a key market for AAL and, with more than half of the country’s shipments going into Asia, we have the experience and the resources to meet market expectations and build our reputation and operations in the region even further.”

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AAL Newcastle rescues banana boat drifting off Papua New Guinea

Five people have been rescued in the Vitiaz Strait, Papua New Guinea, by the AAL Newcastle after a banana boat ran out of fuel 29 nautical miles from shore. Responding to an alert from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA’s) Search and Rescue department (JRCC), the AAL Newcastle was able to come to the aid of the drifting banana boat and its crew of five, lifting the boat to safety and ensuring its safe passage to its destination.
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Visit AAL on Booth #802 at Breakbulk China

AAL will be exhibiting at the upcoming Breakbulk China in March 2015. The exhibition is being held again in Shanghai, China from 19th – 20th March 2015 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center, Hall 3. AAL will be present at booth #802. Come along and visit us.
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One of the Heaviest Cargoes for AAL’s Pacific Service

AAL has successfully delivered and discharged one of the heaviest pieces of cargo carried on its Pacific Service to date. Two LNG tanks weighing 380 tons each and a main engine weighing 384 tons were discharged in the Port of San Diego. The two LNG tanks measured around 26 meters in length and 8.3 meters in width while the heavier main engine piece was around 12 meters long and 5 meters wide.

The cargo was loaded on board AAL’s A-Class vessel AAL Singapore in Masan, South Korea in the middle of June.

“We are happy to have had a chance to secure this cargo after some strong competition from other carriers,” said Namir Khanbabi, Managing Director at AAL. “Our vessels are well suited for such heavy cargoes and our Pacific Service offers customers a regular heavy lift liner service. We look forward to more opportunities to carry similar and heavier cargoes into the North American regions.”

AAL’s Pacific Service connects North Asia with West Coast Canada and USA by deploying modern heavy lift A-Class vessels. AAL Singapore is one of AAL’s ten 31,000 deadweight A-Class vessels with combined cranes lifting capacity of 700MT.

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AAL Introduces a Passenger Service

Passengers seeking an alternative and more unique mode of travel compared with traditional cruise liner services can now look forward to sailing onboard one of Austral Asia Line’s modern heavy lift vessels. The newly introduced AAL passenger service caters to passengers seeking to see the Asia Pacific regions while experiencing life onboard a cargo ship.

Two 31,000 deadweight A-Class vessels have been picked to offer such service – AAL Newcastle and AAL Hong Kong. The service will start in the middle of July onboard AAL Newcastle departing from Melbourne and middle of August onboard AAL Hong Kong departing from China. Both vessels are currently employed on the Australia East Coast and New Zealand service and cover the following ports: Brisbane, Newcastle, Melbourne, Lyttelton, Wellington, Tauranga, Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai, Inchon, Pusan and Khaosiung. They may also call Mackay/Townsville, Nelson and Napier on inducement basis. The liner service covers the full rotation in approximately 93 days but the duration and ports called can vary based on various circumstances. Passengers have an option of completing a full round voyage or alternatively selecting their desired embarkation and disembarkation ports (subject to visa and local regulations).

“Although AAL used to offer a passenger service on a similar route over 10 years ago, this was stopped when the AAL services were operated with long term chartered tonnage. Now that AAL has successfully completed its new building delivery program with parent company Schoeller Holdings, and operates group tonnage, we are proud to be in a position to offer this service again. There has been a lot of demand in the past years for passengers to join our new fleet, as the route covered from Australian East Coast to China, Korea and Taiwan, via New Zealand is an attractive one, offering a variety of countries and cultures, and the nature of our operations (project and breakbulk cargoes) allows sufficient time in port for our passengers to explore” says Christophe Grammare, Managing Director of AAL.

Passengers can expect to see firsthand life onboard a merchant vessel while enjoying the sights and ports along the way. While onboard the vessel, passengers have a choice of either a double bed cabin or an Owner’s suite which includes a private day room. They may also get a chance to see various areas of the vessel under supervision and permission of the Captain and officers as well as enjoy the vessel’s swimming pool and passenger lounge equipped with a library of books, board games and tea/coffee facilities.

Austral Asia Line appointed Hawke’s Bay Travel Center & Freighter Travel (NZ) and Freighter Expeditions as the travel agents. The two companies are responsible for the inquiries and bookings of the AAL passenger service. Interested passengers are encouraged to get in touch with the respective travel agents for further information about sailing onboard one of the AAL vessels.

Hawke’s Bay Travel Centre & Freighter Travel (NZ) Freighter Expeditions
Contact Person: Hamish D Jamieson
248 Kennedy Road, Napier, New Zealand, 4110
Phone: +64 6 8437702
Fax: +64 6 8437684
Email: hamish@freightertravel.co.nz
Website: www.freightertravel.co.nz
Contact Person: Julie Richards
Level 4, 332 Kent St, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000
Phone: +61 2 8270 4899
Fax: +61 2 9290 1306
Email: enquiries@freighterexpeditions.com.au/jrichards@freighterexpeditions.com.au
Website: www.freighterexpeditions.com.au

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AAL Takes the Award for Best Shipping Line – Project Cargo

2014 - AAL Awarded Best Shipping Line - Project Cargo 28th AFSCAs

Austral Asia Line has been awarded Best Shipping Line – Project Cargo at this year’s Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards (AFSCAs). The AFSCAs involve key decision makers in the industry who take part in an independently verified process that comprises of a nomination round and a voting round. To be a finalist of the prestigious awards is a reflection of a company’s position as one of the leading organisations in the industry.

The award for Best Shipping Line – Project Cargo is given to the company that demonstrates superiority in quality customer service, flexibility in approach, delivery of cargo at the agreed schedule and demage-free handling of cargo. AAL was able to successfully demonstrate such superior qualities to finish the winner amidst competition from this year’s other finalists Intermarine and Rickmers Linie. Mr. Wolfgang Harms, the Deputy Managing Director & Chief Representative (Greater China) was in attendance to proudly receive the award on behalf of Austral Asia Line.

“It is a great honour for me as a representative of Austral Asia Line to receive this award. It is a great achievement and recognition that we, the people at AAL, have worked extremely hard to attain as a company and reach the high level of service we are able to offer today. At AAL we truly understand our role as a service provider to the Project Industry through a sense of true partnership.” said Mr. Harms after picking up the award.

The winners of the 28th annual AFSCAs were announced during a gala dinner held at The Peninsula Shanghai on Tuesday, 17th June 2014. The evening was attended by around 400 top executives from shipping, transport and logistics industries to celebrate and network.

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AAL Local Charges Review

Due to increases from our service providers as well as the respective Terminals and Port Authorities it has become necessary to review our local charges.

Given the current market conditions we appreciate that any cost increases will not be favourable but please be assured that AAL has endeavoured to keep these increases to minimum possible levels.

The revised local charges will apply as of AAL Brisbane 07ES14and AAL Fremantle 06WS14 as follows:

Queensland AUD17.60 per revenue ton (RT)
New South Wales AUD14.10 per revenue ton (RT)
Victoria / South Australia AUD15.70 per revenue ton (RT)
Fremantle (WA) AUD17.25 per revenue ton (RT)
Dampier / Port Hedland (WA) AUD12.50 per revenue ton (RT)
Northern Territory AUD14.30 per revenue ton (RT)
All Australian Ports AUD380.00 per 20′ and AUD455.00 per 40′
Documentation Fee
Doc Fee AUD80 per Bill of Lading

Above rates are exclusive of GST.

Please contact us if you require any further information on the above.

We thank you for your understanding on this matter and look forward to your continued support.

Yours Faithfully,
AAL Line Management

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AAL Newcastle joins Austral Asia Line’s growing fleet list

We are pleased to announce the recent delivery of AAL Newcastle to the Austral Asia Line fleet. With deadweight of 31,000 mt and lifting capacity of 700 mt combined, AAL Newcastle will enter our established East Coast Australia liner trade and help to strengthen our position in the region.

This delivery also marks a conclusion to the newbuilding program which saw AAL take delivery of 14 vessels in total with the first vessel being delivered in 2010. The total includes 10 A Class (31,000 deadweight) and 4 S Class (19,000 deadweight) heavy lift vessels. All the vessels have been built to the highest standard and are capable of carrying an extensive range of cargoes.

The addition of AAL Newcastle and time chartered vessels to the company’s fleet means that Austral Asia Line now proudly ranks amongst the top ten MPP owners by fleet size.

Austral Asia Line is looking forward to enhancing service offerings and quality to our customers.


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Austral Asia Line awarded the ISO 9001:2008 certification

We are proud to announce that Austral Asia Line has been awarded an ISO9001:2008 certification by GL.

The ISO9001:2008 is a quality management system accreditation that requires an organization to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products that meet customer’s requirements and enhances customer satisfaction.

This certification marks an important milestone for the company as it strengthens our commitment to providing a quality service to our customers and achieving our vision to be a top tier global service provider for project, heavy lift and breakbulk ocean transport solutions.

Our efforts to continuously improve do not stop here as we look ahead to take us beyond this ISO standard. We are now actively embarking on achieving the ISO 14001 and 18001 certifications in 2014.




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