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AAL Bridges the Gap for Victoria, British Columbia

AAL completes shipment of iconic Johnson Street Bridge replacement

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

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

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

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

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

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GONE WITH THE WIND!

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

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AAL WINS BEST ASIA PACIFIC PROJECT CARRIER 2017!

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

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

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

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

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

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HIGH FIVE – Latest WIN at the Lloyd’s List Asia Awards 2017, Secures AAL its Place as World’s Most Awarded MPP Carrier!

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

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AAL JAPAN APPOINTS CPC ASIA AS NEW COMMERCIAL AGENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

Current Vacancies

Date of Posting Job Position Title Department Country Closing Date
1 October 2017 Voyage Operator (Tramp) Tramp Singapore 30 November 2017

career opportunities

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AAL LOADS THE NEW CROWN JEWEL OF VICTORIA HARBOR!

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

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SIX RTGs SAIL COAST TO COAST, DOWN MEXICO WAY!

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

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

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

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

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

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HOUSTON, OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU

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

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

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

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

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

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A YANKEE WELCOME IN SUNNY MELBOURNE!

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

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WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH..!

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

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JAPANESE CUSTOMERS PAY SINGAPORE A VISIT!

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

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

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

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

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

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TO RUSSIA WITH TRUCKS!

AAL DELIVERS 13 GIANT HAUL TRUCKS FOR SIBERIAN MINING PROJECT

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

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

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

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

Watch the YOUTUBE video of this awesome shipmment here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well done to all the AAL Team involved!

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

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

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

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

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AAL HOSTS MISSION TO SEAFARERS & CHANNEL 9 TV IN BRISBANE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch the video NOW here.

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A WARM WELCOME IN ICY VANCOUVER

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

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

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

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

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

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AAL KEEPS THE LIGHTS ON IN NEW SOUTH WALES!

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

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

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

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CYCLONE CARGO FOR MALAYSIA!

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

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SHANGHAI LUOJING TERMINAL THANKS AAL

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

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

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

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

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