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GENOA-BASED HUGO TRUMPY JOINS AAL’S EU AGENCY NETWORK

Hot on the heels of the recent launch of its ‘Europe – Middle East/India – Asia Monthly Liner Service’, award-winning multipurpose heavy lift carrier AAL has appointed Genovese shipping firm, Hugo Trumpy Srl to be its exclusive commercial agency representative in Italy.  Established in 1876, Hugo Trumpy is one of the region’s oldest maritime groups, with valuable experience in the breakbulk and project heavy lift sector.

Eike Muentz, AAL’s European General Manager, explained, ‘‘Italy is a strong market for breakbulk and project cargo and well served by our new Europe to Asia liner service and tramp chartering options east and westbound through the region.  However, after considering possible commercial conflicts of interest going forward, AAL and our existing representatives, the Gastaldi Group, have made a joint decision to terminate our agreement.

He added, ‘We thank Gastaldi for their cooperation and now focus on our immediate future in the region which we have placed into the safe hands of Hugo Trumpy. The Agency has an excellent shipping pedigree; knows the sector we serve extremely well and is aligned with AAL’s commercial ambitions for the Italian market.’

Davide Zingariello joins the Genoa team as AAL’s Owner’s Representative and brings with him 27 years maritime experience in and around the Italian Port – 14 of which were gained working with heavy lift ships and multipurpose cargo handling. He commented, ‘With AAL’s scheduled and regular sailings from Italy, we have a great opportunity to build an even stronger presence and broader cargo base within the local shipping community.’  

Valdemar Boesgaard, CEO at Hugo Trumpy, concluded, ‘We are honored to represent AAL and will combine their long-standing experience in transporting heavy lift project cargo and operating successful liner operations with our own knowledge of the Italian market and its demands. Together we will no doubt build a regular presence in the territory and become an important and reliable team in the field.’

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AAL’S BENELUX AGENT ‘DKT’ BOOSTS MPP CAPABILITY

Antwerp-based Shipping Agency, DKT (De Keyser Thornton Group), has appointed two top ex Rickmers/Zeamarine Managers, Kurt Lyssens and Peter De Boer – both highly regarded and experienced liner services operators – to strengthen its commercial presence in Benelux and work alongside AAL, on the promotion of the carrier’s new ‘Europe-Middle East/India-Asia Monthly Liner Service’. DKT, part of the important French Naxco Group, was established in 1853 and has been AAL’s exclusive agency representative in the region since 2018.

Kurt Lyssens has been working in shipping since 1989, with vast experience in commercial sales and operations of breakbulk liner and semi-liner services through Europe to every major continent worldwide – most recently with Rickmers/Zeamarine. Peter De Boer, joined Rickmers Line Belgium in 1993 and has extensive experience in the multiple fields of operations, customer service and for the last 18 years commercial sales. Both men have already begun their tenures at DKT and are based in its Antwerp HQ.

Sven De Meester, DKT Group’s CEO, commented, ‘These gentlemen have 30 years respectively worth of expertise in the operation and promotion of global liner services, at management level. With that experience and the huge respect they each command within the region’s breakbulk and project heavy lift shipping community, we strengthen our offering and send a clear message of intent to the market.’

Eike Muentz, AAL’s Europe General Manager, added, ‘DKT has been our exclusive representative in Benelux for 2 years and we have a close working relationship. The appointment of Kurt and Peter is not only significant for them, but also for the promotion of AAL’s new Liner Service between Europe Middle East / India and Asia that we’ve just launched – as both men are already working alongside us on it.’

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AAL LAUNCHES EUROPE – MIDDLE EAST / INDIA – ASIA MONTHLY LINER SERVICE

Launching this month, the Europe – Middle East / India – Asia Monthly Liner Service will connect main ports between Europe, Middle East / India and Asia, to serve the market’s MPP & project heavy lift cargo transport requirements.

In celebration of its milestone 25th year of operations, the award-winning multipurpose and project heavy lift carrier, AAL Shipping, has announced the launch of a new service – the Europe – Middle East / India – Asia Monthly Liner Service – that will offer the market trusted and scheduled monthly liner sailings, connecting main ports between Europe, Middle East / India and Asia. It will harness AAL’s 2nd generation 31,000 dwt ‘mega-size’ A-Class fleet, renowned for its 40,000 cbm cargo intake capacity and 700t lift capability.

The new liner service will follow a fixed route, with port call flexibility. Base ports will include Antwerp, Porto Marghera, Jebel Ali, Dammam, Mumbai, Singapore, Shanghai, Tianjin and Masan.  AAL is drawing on its 25 years expertise in operating MPP liner services to bring this exciting new service to market and is further strengthening its team with the appointment of liner service expert, Captain Kay Goldenstein, who will oversee the new operation from AAL’s European Hub office in Hamburg.  

Christophe Grammare, AAL’s Commercial Director, commented, “The Europe – Middle East / India – Asia Monthly Liner Service is a natural addition to our existing portfolio of tailormade tramp chartering solutions and other established scheduled liner services between Asia and Oceania. The fact that the launch of this new service coincides with our 25-year anniversary is testament to the ambition of AAL to serve its customers where they most need us and where we can offer the market a more competitive and effective solution for their multipurpose heavy lift cargo needs, than currently on offer.”

He added, “Kay Goldenstein is just the person we wanted to run this service and he makes a valuable addition to our already strengthened European team.  We will soon be issuing the first schedule for this service and, in fact, are already taking cargo bookings through our local network of offices along the route.”

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