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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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