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.


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.

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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.’