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.
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.‘
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.
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.
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!
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.”