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 PostingJob Position TitleDepartmentCountryClosing Date
7 December 2017Voyage Operator (Tramp)TrampSingapore31 January 2018

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ASIA – RED SEA SERVICE, PERFECT SOLUTION FOR SIEMENS

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

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

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

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HOUSTON, WE’VE LANDED!

Visit AAL at Breakbulk Americas 2016
Booth 731

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

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AAL IN THE NEWS!

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

Read this issue of Breakbulk Magazine here: here

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HEAVY, HEAVIER… HEAVIEST!

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

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VOTE FOR AAL TODAY!

VOTE FOR AAL!

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

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AAL DISCHARGING FLOATING CARGO IN NANAIMO (VIDEO)

AAL discharging floating cargo in Nanaimo, BC (June)

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AAL NANJING TAKES CENTER STAGE IN SYDNEY!

AAL and Barangaroo Ferry Hub Terminal Project

AAL NANJING TAKES CENTER STAGE IN SYDNEY

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

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AAL IN ACTION!

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

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

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THE TEAM THAT WORKS HARD, PLAYS HARD!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CATCH UP WITH AAL TEAM ON FRIDAY EVENING

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

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

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

AAL looks forward to see you!

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AAL JAPAN ANNIVERSARY PROVIDES FORUM FOR BREAKBULK SHIPPING SECTOR OPTIMISM

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

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

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

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

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

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AAL&PD AT BREAKBULK EUROPE 2016

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

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AAL DELIVERS ‘MOBILE’ GRAIN SHIPLOADER TO PORT METRO VANCOUVER

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

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MESSAGE OF COOPERATION FOR AAL & PD AT BREAKBULK EUROPE 2016

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

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AAL BOOSTS CHINESE OPERATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WE KNOW THAT CRANE FROM SOMEWHERE.

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

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

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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SOMETHING BIG JUST ARRIVED IN VANCOUVER!!

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

Image: David Roels

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AAL JAPAN CELEBRATES ITS ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN STYLE!

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

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AAL – IN THE NEWS

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

Photo Credit: Woodfibre LNG

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COMPILATION OF PROJECT CARGO LIVE FOOTAGE

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AAL OPENS-UP NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA MULTIPURPOSE TRADE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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