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AAL CROWNED ‘SHIP OPERATOR OF THE YEAR’ ​​​​​​​AT THE HLPFI AWARDS 2022

AAL Shipping (AAL) was named the ‘Ship Operator of the Year’ at the annual Heavy Lift and Project Forwarding International (HLPFI) Awards night, held in Hamburg, Germany on Thursday 22nd September.

AAL has remained committed to its project cargo customers over the past year, rerouting vessels, and adding capacity to its busiest services to bring shippers more choice and regularity.

‘We’re committed to meeting the needs of our customers, and to be recognised with this award for a second time is testament to our dedication in this endeavour,” said John Pittalis, Marketing & Communications Manager, AAL. ‘We strive to be the carrier of choice for majors in multiple industry sectors, as we push forward with projects to not only enhance our service but also to drive the sustainability of our operations for the benefit of the entire sector.’

Judges were looking for a carrier that has demonstrated its ability to efficiently support the movement by sea of heavy and oversize project cargoes over the past 12 months, demonstrating in particular the ability to adapt to challenging market conditions and the changing needs of customers. During this time, AAL continued to prioritise breakbulk and project customers despite the sharp growth in the container market within the MPP sector.

The last 12 months has also seen AAL acquire more than eight second-hand vessels and order six 32,000 dwt heavy lift ‘Super B-Class’ vessels, designed by its in-house engineers. The ‘Super B-Class’ vessels break new ground in MPP ship design and technologies, to optimise seafarer wellbeing as well cargo intake, while also running on dual-fuel engines, ready to harness new, greener fuels and support AAL’s charter to be a frontrunner for more sustainable shipping solutions.

AAL EYES FURTHER NETWORK EXPANSION WITH APPOINTMENT OF MERCHANT SHIPPING AS COMMERCIAL REPRESENTATIVE IN INDIA

AAL Shipping (AAL) has appointed Mumbai-based shipping company, Merchant Shipping Services PVT Ltd., to be its exclusive commercial agency representative in India – a move that will harness yet further the cargo opportunities available to local shippers through its expanding ‘Europe – Middle East/India – Asia Monthly Liner Service’ (EUMEIA) andregular trade lanes connecting India with the rest of the world. Established in 1996, Merchant Shipping is managed by a team of shipping professionals with a strong focus on global trade, delivering pan India multipurpose and project heavy lift cargo operations through a network of offices covering over 80 port & ICD locations across the region. 

Christophe Grammare, AAL’s Managing Director, explained the rationale and timing of this move for the award-winning project heavy lift carrier, ‘India is one of the world’s fastest growing major economies and leads the way with 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) allowance in multiple industry sectors. It is on an accelerated growth trajectory with 100 smart cities being built today, 100 new airports by 2035 and implementation of the world’s largest renewable energy expansion program. Its burgeoning project cargo demands are well served by our EUMEIA monthly liner service, trade lane sailings east and westbound through the region and sustainable fleet expansion programme that combine to deliver the market with regularity of sailings and dependability of service.

He added, ‘Merchant Shipping has an excellent shipping pedigree; knows the local sector we serve and its primary stakeholders well and is aligned with AAL’s commercial ambitions for the Indian market. We are looking forward to a highly successful cooperation.’

Mukesh Oza, Group President & CEO of the Samsara Group, India – parent company of Merchant Shipping – expressed his gratitude to AAL’s Management, ‘we are honoured to represent AAL in India through a dedicated professional team at Merchant Shipping that will effectively contribute to AAL’s Success as a prominent partner in India’s booming economy, and exponential growth within the infrastructure and project cargo sectors.’

AAL triumphs again in 2022 AT THE AFLAS Awards!

AAL Shipping (AAL), one of the world’s leading global breakbulk and project heavy lift operators, has been named ‘Best Shipping Line – Project Cargo’ at the 2022 Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) Awards, held in Hong Kong on Wednesday 7 September.

The AFLAS Awards are a celebration of Asia’s freight, logistics and supply chain industry, and AAL beat off intense competition from the global sector’s leading carriers to win the award for a consecutive year. The award win follows a successful year for AAL in a project cargo market that has endured its share of ebs and flows. Over the last 12 months, AAL has been optimising its service model to adapt to changing market conditions and resulting in a number of significant milestones such as trade lane expansion, record-breaking shipments, sustainable fleet expansion, and the strenthening of its presence and sailings regularity in core global markets including Asia.

Felix Schoeller, Commercial Director of AAL, commented: ‘We are honoured to have won this award. To lift your customer service to the highest level is a hard process, demanding commitment and investment across all aspects of the organisation. To maintain such a reputable status for consecutive years truly reflects an outstanding achievement from all of AAL’s Asia-based offices, supported by our global operations. Noteworthy is that such performance has been delivered in the midst of challenging times for the Asia market, characterised by highs and lows for the local shipping sector and residual fall-out from the global COVID pandemic still being dealt with.’

Jack Zhou, AAL’s General Manager and Chief Representative in China, added: ‘AAL has been extensively involved in the Asian project cargo market for almost three decades and, as we’ve grown our local presence, Asia has similarly prospered. We have served many of the biggest names and most exciting industrial and infrastructure projects in the region. Such recognition of our hard work is warmly appreciated and we accept this award on behalf of the whole company.’