AAL Shipping (AAL) has appointed local Busan-based multipurpose and project heavy lift specialist, Wallem Korea, as its exclusive commercial and port agency representative in South Korea with immediate effect.  The Agency is part of the Wallem Group, which was founded in 1903 and has an extremely well-established office network across Asia, offering world-class front-line shipping agency support to shipowners. Wallem Korea takes over AAL’s South Korean representation from the carrier’s own office that was based in Seoul.

Christophe Grammare, AAL’s Commercial Director explained, ‘South Korea has always been integral to our operations and AAL has had a consistent representation in the market for over 10 years, serving the local multipurpose cargo shipping community with a wide range of flexible ocean transportation services. These include scheduled liner operations, regular trade lane sailings and tramp services that connect the region with key trading partners in Asia, Oceania, Middle East, Europe and the Americas.’

He added, ‘Wallem Korea has a strong reputation and experience within the South Korean market and will shortly be expanding its local physical network, so our ambitions to comprehensively grow this market are very much aligned. We are looking forward to working together to enhance our commercial presence and penetrate the local market further with our range of highly competitive multipurpose and project heavy lift cargo solutions.’    

Cargo and operations enquiries for AAL in South Korea can now be made to:  Jay Shim at Wallem Korea / telephone: +82 10 3552 2330 / email:  korea@aalshipping.com


Dear Customers,

Please take note of our Australian Port Service Charge & Destination Container Port Service Charge across our ‘Asia-Australia East & West Coast Liner Services’.

Port of Discharge Australian Port Service Charge (APSC) Destination Container Port Service Charge (DCPSC) Doc Fee
per Revenue Tonne (RT) *standard Containers only – tri-con, half-height, bulk storage tank, fuel storage tank etc will be charged APSC per Bill of Lading or Delivery Order
20’ 40’
Brisbane and QLD $25.65 $815 $1,630 $175
Newcastle only $20.19
Port Kembla and NSW $20.19
Melbourne and VIC $21.32
Adelaide and SA $24.61
Fremantle and WA/NT/TAS $27.00

 The above changes were effective from

  • East Coast – AAL Shanghai v.21003 or sub
  • West Coast – AAL Nanjing v.21007 or sub 

Please do not hesitate to contact your AAL representative any for further information. In the meantime, we thank you for your continued support.


 AAL Management Team


Dear Customers,  

As you may already be aware, the market is experiencing an extraordinarily high demand for multipurpose cargo services between Asia and the Australian East and West coasts. 

To ensure that AAL continues to provide the finest cargo shipping solutions possible and with as little disruption or delay to our scheduled sailings, we are introducing a Peak Season Surcharge (PSS) on our monthly liner services between Asia and Australia, for the following cargo types: 

• Breakbulk: USD 10.00/RT  
• Standard Containers: USD 350.00/TEU 

The PSS will commence from the below voyages:  

Australia East-Coast:  AAL Shanghai  v.21003   
Australia West-Coast:  AAL Nanjing   v.21007  

We are monitoring the market situation closely and will revise the PSS accordingly. We appreciate your continued business and thank-you for your understanding at this time. 


AAL Management Team 


This Summer, AAL Shipping (AAL) delivered four of the largest rubber tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) in the carrier’s history to the Port of Oslo (Oslo Havn KF), Norway. These new generation mobile units, measuring 36 m in height and 28 m in length, were transported from Taicang in China to Oslo on a single sailing aboard the 31,000 deadweight ‘mega-size’ multipurpose vessel (MPV), the AAL Pusan.

The cranes were engineered and manufactured by Kalmar, part of Cargotec and Rainbow-Cargotec Industries Co. Ltd (RCI) in Taicang and will help to deal with the increased volume of container arrivals from Asia and Europe at Norway’s busiest port – a facility that handled 1.5 million metric tonnes of containers in 2019 alone.   The four cranes had a combined weight of almost 700 tonnes. Three of the cranes were fully erected and the fourth was loaded in parts, using the AAL Pusan’s port-side heavy lift cranes (700 tonnes max lift). They were transported from China to Norway along AAL’s monthly ‘Asia – Europe Trade Route’. They will be deployed at the Port of Oslo, Norway’s main logistics hub that handles about 80% of the country’s imported containerised goods.  

Eike Muentz, General Manager Europe, AAL, commented; “This particular cargo was booked through our Finland office in Porvoo – part of our expanding European office network. Demand for regular and dependable services between Asia and Europe has grown exponentially in 2021, as markets rush to address shortfalls in scheduled development projects and shortages in general stock and commodity levels, depleted due to the pandemic lock-down of the past 18 months. In this sense, we are not just moving project heavy lift cargo like these cranes, but smaller breakbulk parcels, general cargoes, dry bulk commodities, steel, and containers.”  

AAL operates one of the multipurpose shipping sector’s largest fleets of specialist MPV heavy lift vessels, comprising both mega-size (30,000+ deadweight tonnage) and smaller tonnage vessels. These are deployed worldwide, serving the carrier’s tailor-made tramp chartering services, regular fixed trade routes and scheduled monthly liner services.  


Dear Customers,

Following a change in bunkering costs within our trading area, we are adjusting the Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF) surcharge across our ‘Asia-Australia East & West Coast Liner Services’.

The revised BAF surcharges are as follows:

  • Breakbulk: USD 20.00 per RT
  • Standard Containers:  USD 525.00 per TEU

and these will come into effect from the following sailings:

  • AAL Shanghai-21003 or sub
  • AAL Nanjing-21007 or sub

We are monitoring bunker prices closely and will advise you of any further changes affecting surcharges. Please do not hesitate to contact your AAL representative any for further information. In the meantime, we thank you for your continued support.


AAL Management Team