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BUNKER SURCHARGE NOTICE – AAL Europe – Middle East / India Monthly Liner Service

Dear Customers,

Following a change in bunkering costs within our trading area, we are adjusting the Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF) surcharge for Breakbulk Cargo on our ‘Europe – Middle East / India – Asia Liner Service’ and with effect from Monday 18th October 2021.

The increased BAF surcharge only applies to Breakbulk Cargo, and is as follows:

  • Breakbulk: USD 25.00 per RT

The BAF surcharge for Containers remains at:           

  • USD 225.00 per TEU
  • USD 450.00 per FEU

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.

Regards,

AAL Management Team

ASIA TO WESTERN AUSTRALIA LINER SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FREMANTLE PORT AUTHORITY – PROPOSED NEW RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

Dear Customers,

In service of our project heavy lift, breakbulk and dry bulk sector customers in Western Australia, AAL Shipping (AAL) has operated a scheduled monthly liner service between Asia and Western Australia since 2006, and Fremantle is an integral part of that operation.

September 24, 2021 we were made aware that the Fremantle Port Authority is proposing a new set of ‘Rules’, known as the ‘Inner Harbour Scheduling, Berth Efficiency Guidelines and Rules of Engagement’. Not yet set in stone, these proposed Rules have been forwarded by the Authority to interested parties for comment and input.  Having studied the document in detail on behalf of our customers and stakeholders, we are concerned about several key areas and wish to share them with you.

One of the most damaging parts of the proposed Rules is the introduction of a maximum permitted berth time of 5 days.  As you are aware, with the complex nature of our project heavy lift and breakbulk cargoes combined with a high cargo demand from local shippers and traders, AAL has required an average berthing time of 10 days.

In addition, the Rules further propose that any vessel can be instructed to vacate its berth immediately at the sole discretion of the Port Authority and lists several conditions for this, including when a large container vessel might arrive and require berthing itself.  Even though the Port Authority already has the power to order vessels off their berths, as seen recently with the AAL DAMPIER, such definition will significantly increase the possibility that this becomes a regular occurrence and disrupt the entire cargo operation of general break bulk vessels utilising common user berths.

Clearly, both points highlighted above strongly favour RoRo and container carriers over general cargo and breakbulk, and yet are being lobbied for in the name of port efficiency.

Should Fremantle Ports implement these Rules, AAL would have no option but to pass a portion of the increased costs involved to our customers. In support of the customers and local industries we serve, AAL has objected in writing to these proposed Rules – citing the negative impact they would have on our own operations, as well as those of our customers.

Whilst the proposed Rules are under consideration, each of us impacted by them has the power to make their feelings heard and respond directly to the Fremantle Port Authority with their opinions.  For your convenience, we have made available online a full transcript of the proposed Inner Harbour Scheduling, Berth Efficiency Guidelines and Rules of Engagement’.

We thank-you for your time and will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Kind regards,

The AAL Australia Team

BAF SURCHARGE NOTICE – AAL ASIA-AUSTRALIA 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 27.50 per RT
  • Standard Containers:  USD 725.00 per TEU

and will come into effect from the following sailings:

  • AAL Singapore-21005 or sub
  • AAL Nanjing-21009 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.

Regards,

AAL Management Team

SCHEDULE CHANGE NOTIFICATION – AAL ASIA – AUSTRALIA EAST-COAST SERVICE (AUEC)

Dear Customers,

Please be advised that due to increased demand for our services we will be adding additional tonnage to our end of September / beginning of October ‘Asia – Australia East Coast Liner Service (AUEC)’ sailing – namely the AAL Paris-21003, which will only call Shanghai.

In addition, we hope to alleviate schedule delays, caused by severe port congestion issues in Shanghai, for Customers shipping ex-Incheon and / or Tianjin, by omitting Shanghai from both the AAL Melbourne-21005 & AAL Singapore-21005 sailings.

A new schedule will be distributed 24th August 2021, reflecting the above changes. In meantime, we will also be sending revised booking confirmations to those customers directly impacted by the above changes.

Regards,

AAL Management Team

EMERGENCY RECOVERY CHARGE – AAL DAMPIER 21006 – FREMANTLE

Dear Customers,

The Fremantle Port Authority has decided that the AAL DAMPIER is required to vacate her berth on 21 August 2021 and move to anchorage awaiting completion of cargo work for the Ro-Ro vessel FIDELIO citing Port Efficiency. This will delay the AAL DAMPIER by a minimum of 3 days.

Our contracted stevedores are also dealing with an industrial dispute that has already delayed the berthing and working of the AAL DAMPIER by several days.

An Emergency Recovery Charge of US$15.00/RT will be applied to all Fremantle cargoes discharged off the AAL DAMPIER 21006.

Regards,

AAL Management Team

EMAIL AND IT RELATED FRAUD – NOTIFICATION & SECURITY MEASURES

Dear Colleague/s

We would like to draw your attention to the growing risk of online scams and other cyber and email security threats that have affected many organisations.

Recent scamming activity has involved fraudulent requests to change bank account details of suppliers/creditors, thereby redirecting payments to criminals and not to the intended recipient.

Such crimes harness electronic media channels but are not just an IT matter and require awareness and vigilance at all levels to combat the potential risks involved. Our own staff are trained to be constantly on the look-out for scam attempts, and we encourage all our stakeholders to also learn to detect fraudulent emails and websites and be as vigilant as possible.

Please note that it is unlikely that AAL would change its bank account details. In the unlikely event that we would need to change either a beneficiary name or bank account details, we would adopt the following 2-step process:

1) Step 1: We would notify you of the bank account change by email; and

2) Step 2: We would ask you to contact AAL by telephone for verbal verification of the legitimacy of the account change notice.

We strongly recommend that you do not make any payments until you are fully satisfied that a bank account change notice is genuine.

In summary:

1) Please treat any bank account change notice as suspicious and take suitable precautions;

2) In the event of any suspicion, regarding an AAL transaction, please contact us by telephone;

3) Official AAL communication is always sent from @aalshipping.com; and we never use @gmail, @yahoo or other free email services.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Regards,

AAL Management Team

EUROPE – MIDDLE EAST/INDIA – ASIA LINER SERVICE EPCS NOTICE

Due to the worsening port and terminal congestion situation within our trading area, we have revised the Emergency Port Congestion Surcharge (EPCS) on our ‘Europe – Middle East/India – Asia Liner Service’ as follows:

  • Breakbulk: USD 5.00/RT
  • Containers:           
    • USD 100.00/TEU
    • USD 200.00/FEU

The above EPCS will come into effect from the following sailing:

  • AAL Kembla: 09E21

Whilst writing, we also kindly remind you that our current BAF surcharges are as follows:

  • Breakbulk: USD 20.00/RT
  • Containers:           
    • USD 300.00/TEU
    • USD 600.00/FEU

We are monitoring the situation closely and will provide further updates accordingly.
 
Regards,
 
AAL Management Team

ASIA-AUS LINER SERVICE EMERGENCY PORT CONGESTION SURCHARGE NOTICE

Dear Customers,

Due to the worsening port and terminal congestion situation within our trading area, we have revised the ‘Emergency Port Congestion Surcharge’ (EPCS) – relating to our Asia – Australia East-Coast & West-Coast Liner Services – as follows:

  • Breakbulk:                       USD 20.00/RT
  • Containers:                     USD 700.00/TEU

The increased EPCS will apply from the following voyages and for all load ports:

  • Australia East-Coast:    AAL Melbourne        v.21005 
  • Australia West-Coast:   AAL Dampier            v.21008

We are monitoring the situation closely and will provide further updates accordingly.

Regards,

AAL Management Team

‘WALLEM KOREA’ NEW S-KOREA COMMERCIAL REPRESENTATIVE

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

ASIA-AUS LINER SERVICES PORT SERVICE CHARGE NOTICE

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.

Regards,

 AAL Management Team

ASIA-AUS LINER SERVICES PEAK SEASON SURCHARGE NOTICE

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. 

Regards, 

AAL Management Team 

AAL DELIVERS 4 RTGs TO PORT OF OSLO

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.  

ASIA-AUS LINER SERVICES BAF SURCHARGE NOTICE

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.

Regards,

AAL Management Team

YACHTS, CRANES, TRANSFORMERS, DREDGERS, BASKETS & MORE!

Valentine’s Day 2021, the AAL Kembla set sail from Rotterdam on a voyage from Europe, through the Persian Gulf and onto Shanghai in China – as one of six 31,000dwt A-Class heavy lift multipurpose vessels employed on AAL’s ‘Europe, Middle East / India – Asia Monthly Liner Service’. On the journey eastwards, she loaded close to 37,000cbm / 15,000mt of project heavy lift, breakbulk and steel commodity cargoes. These included multiple private yachts – the longest of which was 23m -, a 33m tall mobile harbour crane weighting 370mt, 16 power transformers with a total weight of 1,583mt, a 41m long dredger and components weighing 584mt and four giant circular baskets with an average circumference of just under 52m. The smallest parcel she carried was just 1.8mt and 2.5cbm.

Eike Muentz, General Manager Europe, commented, ‘The cargo carried on this particular voyage serviced over 30 shippers and upwards of 10 multiple industry projects along the route, including wind energy, infrastructure, oil and gas and mining. The volume and wide range of cargo types featured on this voyage illustrates the supreme flexibility of the A-Class and the growing dependency upon a breakbulk-style of shipping from global shippers who would normally put their smaller breakbulk and steel commodity cargoes into containers – but cannot, due to increased costs and limited capacity.

He added, ‘Even with significant COVID restrictions, unparalleled port delays and cargo readiness issues, AAL’s monthly liner service between Europe and Asia has thrown a lifeline to all types of shippers and all sizes of parcel. It is credit to our crews, engineers and operations teams, who have worked tirelessly on the front line throughout the pandemic and kept these voyages on schedule and our customer cargoes moving.’

AAL’s owned fleet of heavy lift multipurpose vessels has grown by 117,600dwt in the past eight weeks alone. This brings the carrier’s operating fleet to a total of 711,200dwt and comprises multiple vessel sizes, with 14 of these featuring a maximum lifting capacity of 700t and many of the larger ‘mega-size’ vessels offering up to 40,000cbm cargo intake volumes.  The fleet serves AAL’s growing portfolio of multipurpose cargo services, which includes monthly sailings on the ‘Asia – Americas’, ‘Asia – Europe’ and ‘Atlantic’ trade routes, scheduled liner services ‘Asia – Australia’, and ‘Europe – Middle East / India – Asia’ and additional tramp solutions around the world.

ASIA-AUS LINER SERVICES APSC & DCPSC NOTICE

Dear Customers,

Please take note of our updated 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)
per Revenue Tonne (RT)
Destination Container Port Service Charge (DCPSC)
*standard Containers only – tri-con, half-height, bulk storage tank, fuel storage tank etc will be charged APSC
Doc Fee
per Bill of Lading or Delivery Order
20’ 40’ 45’ 48’ 51’ 53’
Brisbane and QLD $24.90 $700 $1,050 $1,200 $1,250 $1,300 $1,350 $175
Newcastle only $19.60
Port Kembla and NSW $19.60
Melbourne and VIC $20.70
Adelaide and SA $23.90
Fremantle and WA/NT/TAS $27.00

The above changes were effective from

  • East Coast – AAL Melbourne – 21003 or sub
  • West Coast – AAL Nanjing – 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.

Regards,

AAL Management Team

AAL LIFTS ITS SAFETY AND OPERATIONS STANDARDS TO NEW LEVELS

AAL Shipping (AAL) has successfully achieved latest 2020 IMO Intact Stability Code standards with its heavy lift cargo handling procedures and new levels of sailings efficiency and safety through its ground-breaking ‘Performance Optimisation Control Room’ (POCR), ensuring its multipurpose (MPP) services remain at their peak. AAL holds a strong track record of operational integrity, engineering innovation, and cargo safety – maintaining schedule commitments on all services throughout the challenges of the COVID pandemic. Its reputation for dependability has helped AAL expand its portfolio over the past 12 months with a regular trade lane presence in the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East where monthly services run in parallel with its global tramp and well-established liner operations throughout Asia and Oceania.

Nicola Pacifico, Head of Transport Engineering at AAL explained; “The 2020 IMO Intact Stability Code is currently only mandatory for new vessels. Nevertheless, we decided to harmonise these new standards across our fleet and operations. In the past, carriers were free to set their own standards governing stability when lifting heavy cargoes and shippers either accepted them or not. Now the bar is pre-set, and carriers will need to prove in advance that the stability of their ships and heavy lift operations is guaranteed. This is a major step forward for setting higher safety standards within the sector and demonstrate the capabilities of one carrier compared to another.”

In terms of sailings efficiency, fuel consumption, and CO2 emissions reduction, AAL is proactively undertaking a number of measures to enhance its performance. Through its POCR facility – developed and operated by Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) – AAL is harnessing state-of-the-art routing, weather, and sea conditions technology to remotely monitor and plan every aspect of each sailing from a remote facility manned 24/7 by a team of expert shipping technicians. Voyage recommendations are then returned periodically to each Master with optimised routing, sailing, and fuel consumption recommendations.

AAL’s Operations Manager, Valentin Gherciu, concluded by saying; “The next step on our journey to enhanced sailings efficiency and lowered CO2 emissions is the implementation of a new ‘Motion Response Analysis’ (MRA) programme. The output of this programme coupled with machine learning tools afforded to us by the POCR, will enable AAL to make even more efficient voyage calculations in terms of fuel consumption and how to reduce the same. Our commitment to this cause was also the driver for AAL’s recent adoption of next generation hull coatings to our fleet that will reduce resistance through water and thus lower the engine power and fuel consumption required. In combination with strict hull condition monitoring and maintenance, not only can sailing costs be achieved, but also a reduction to the fleet’s all-important CO2 footprint.”

ASIA – AUS LINER SERVICES EPSC NOTICE

Dear Customers,

As result of increased port and terminal congestion in Tianjin and Shanghai, we are revising the ‘Emergency Ports Congestion Surcharge’ (EPCS) relating to:

  • Breakbulk: USD 5.00/RT
  • Containers:           
    • USD 175.00/TEU
    • USD 350.00/FEU

The increased EPCS will apply from the following voyages:

  • Australia East-Coast: AAL MELBOURNE v.21003 
  • Australia West-Coast: AAL DAMPIER v.21006     

We are monitoring the situation closely and will revise the EPCS as required. In the meantime, we thank-you for your understanding.

Regards,
AAL Management Team

PARCELLING ON THE PACIFIC!

AAL demonstrated the lifting and cargo intake capability of its mega-size A-Class fleet and parcelling capabilities of its ‘Asia – Americas Trade Lane’ chartering team with the transport of a heavy lift barge from Taicang, China to Papeete, Tahiti. The barge weighed-in on hook at 410t and measured over 53m in length and 3,657 cbm, and was stowed on the 31,000 dwt AAL Dalian with another 29,000 cbm of cargo comprised of large and small parcels loaded in China, South Korea, and Japan to be discharged along the US West Coast and Gulf.

Yahaya Sanusi explained; “The barge was designed by Alwena Shipping in France and arranged to be built at the Yangzhou Hairun Shipyard, China. Our own planning for this heavy cargo operation started in September 2020 providing time to analyse technical details of the lift and make pre-preparation recommendations to the customer, like welding special padeyes onto the deck of the barge to facilitate safer lifting by the AAL Dalian’s port side cranes, without the need for lifting beams.”

Floris Schorsch, Managing Director of Martin Bencher France SAS, added; “It was important for us to deliver a high-quality solution for our customer, with a focus on cost control, risk management, and schedule integrity. AAL not only had the cargo expertise we needed but was also active on the transpacific trade with suitable tonnage options. The safe transport of this cargo required a lot of planning and coordination between us, the customer, and AAL. Ultimately, the loading onto the AAL Dalian was well executed and all parties fully satisfied.The barge will eventually be deployed by owner, Travaux Maritimes de Polynesie, in the French Polynesia for civil works.”

Felix Schoeller concluded; “The Asia to Americas trade is one that we have employed significant resources into developing and have served with a sailing practically every month. With our extensive liner experience, we can put together voyages for large and small parcels of practically any cargo type. This is perfectly evidenced on this sailing, which accommodated steel pipes, containers, large tanks, cooler units and turbines, electrical equipment, a heavy lift dismantled crane, and of course Martin Bencher’s barge – and all at the same time. This type of parcelling means cargoes can be transported faster and with significant economies of scale for every shipper, big or small.”

AAL EXPANDS FLEET WITH TWO MORE ‘G-CLASS’ HL MPVs

AAL Shipping (AAL) is taking delivery of two additional ‘G-Class’ multipurpose heavy lift vessels, expanding its core fleet to 720,200 total deadweight (DWT). The Pacific Action and AAL Gladstone have both served in the AAL fleet in the past and re-join later this month – the former renamed this week, ‘AAL Gibraltar’.  These versatile and relatively young vessels feature a total cargo intake of 35,705 cubic meters, four large cargo holds, three tweendecks and a maximum lift capacity of 240 tonnes – ideal for trading all manner of project heavy lift, breakbulk, steel and dry bulk commodities.   They join one of the sector’s largest and youngest fleets that already consists of two sister vessels, AAL Genoa and Pacific Alert (TBN AAL Galveston) and will operate worldwide in support of AAL’s well established monthly liner services, regular trade routes and tailormade tramp chartering solutions.

Kyriacos Panayides, Managing Director of AAL, commented, ‘We are delighted to have secured these vessels. Large heavy lift multipurpose ships of this calibre and lifting capability represent a small fraction of the global MPP fleet and AAL is uniquely well experienced in optimising their operations and harnessing their strengths in order to generate value for our customers’ global trading demands. They will add much needed capacity to a portfolio of multipurpose shipping services that have grown exponentially over the past 12 months.’

‘Since February 2020, we have built a scheduled monthly liner service between Europe, Middle East and Asia, a regular monthly tramp service between Asia and the Americas and frequent sailings from Asia to Europe – all this in addition to our Asia- Australia Liner Services and global Tramp Chartering operations. It has been an extremely busy and sustained period of growth for AAL and these new ladies will help to drive that momentum forward.’

Marc Willim, General Manager of AAL’s Chartering Team, added, ‘The G-Class are large 25,800 dwt MPVs, that complement our fleet profile. Global trading is only now emerging from the negative impact of COVID and also important multipurpose cargo sectors like oil and gas are still pressured.  However, there is growing optimism and the recent surges in the container and commodity markets have demonstrated the importance of being flexible and ready to serve cargo demand and from wherever it may come.

‘We are seeing market economies begin to strengthen and rebuild in confidence across Europe, Middle East, Asia and the Americas and trade war machinations of 2020 resolve. Energy, steel, infrastructure, bulk and general cargoes are all trading worldwide. Carriers like AAL, that have the expertise, trade route infrastructure and fleet capability to parcel these big and small cargoes on the same sailings and deliver worldwide will be in a position to offer shippers timely solutions and highly competitive economies of scale.’

AAL JOINS BREAKBULK SHIPPING PANEL FOR JOC WEBCAST

AAL Managing Director, Kyriacos Panayides, will be participating in the upcoming JOC Webcast ‘Breakbulk Shipping: The MPP Fleet Prepares for The Global Energy Transition’ on 25 March 2021 at 11 AM. 

After weathering an utterly unpredictable 2020, the multipurpose and heavy-lift fleet is charting its 2021 course ahead of an energy transition that will require rethinking many long-held assumptions. Last year kicked off with IMO 2020 and a major bankruptcy — Zeamarine — in the MPP sector; no one could have foreseen that these issues would quickly become secondary as COVID-19 and the resulting crash in oil prices upended the global economy. A “green recovery” is now accelerating the global push to decarbonize energy sources, but what does this mean for project and breakbulk carriers? What can shippers and service providers expect to see in terms of trade lanes, available capacity, and freight rates from MPP carriers? This webcast will open with a fleet overview and be followed by a discussion of the sector’s outlook with executives from dominant MPP players.

For more information on the JOC webcast, and to register for FREE, click here.

BAF & CONGESTION SURCHARGE – ‘EU-ME/IN-ASIA LINER SERVICE’

Dear Customers,

Following a change in bunkering costs within our trading area, we are adjusting the Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF) surcharge across our ‘Europe – Middle East – Asia Liner Services’.

The BAF surcharges are as follows:

  • Breakbulk: USD 15.00 per RT
  • Containers*:           
    • USD 225.00 per TEU
    • USD 450.00 per FEU

Due to increased waiting time we implement the following congestion surcharges on our liner trade:

  • Breakbulk: USD 3.00 per RT
  • Containers:           
    • USD 50.00 per TEU
    • USD 100.00 per FEU

The above surcharges will come into effect from 1st March 2021.

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.

Whilst writing we also take the opportunity on behalf of the whole company to wish you, your colleagues and families well during these extremely challenging times. Keep safe everyone.

Regards,

AAL Management Team

LONG-TERM MONTHLY ‘ASIA – AMERICAS’ TRAMP SAILINGS

AAL Shipping (AAL) is capitalising on the frequency of sailings it has operated in the past 12 months between Asia and the Americas, to commit tonnage and resources to strengthening the trade lane going forward into 2021.  With the recent experience of carrying a much broader portfolio of cargoes into Central America, USG and the USEC and having gained the trust of a growing customer base within the US, SEA and China, it is committing to a sailing a month and employing multiple vessel types from its young specialist MPV fleet.

Michael Morland, General Manager of AAL Americas and based in Houston, explained, ‘Our service connects South East Asia, Far East, USG and the US East Coast and we are well placed to service cargoes and parcels of any size. A lot of the smaller cargoes tend to be booked at origin in Asia, whereas project cargo often booked from within the US, like renewables into the US Gulf and Energy & LNG sector projects. This view is simplified but holds true in terms of a trend. We are however noticing a slow shift towards more project cargo influence from Asia.’

‘Despite a lot of experience on this trade lane, building the market to justify regular monthly MPP tramp sailings has taken time and hard work. Looking back a few years, volumes could not be relied on and we saw long-standing players pull out. We do not take our recent success for granted and are pleased with how well the market has taken to our service integrity. Our local market knowledge and presence – both in the US and Asia – coupled with a fleet well-suited for the trade allows for continued commitment and optimism.’

AAL’s fleet comprises various sizes of heavy lift MPP vessels, that offer cargo intake of up to 40,000 CBM and heavy lift of 700 t max. With two thirds of its vessels in the ‘mega size’ MPV segment (30,000+ DWT), AAL’s ability to parcel-up big and small cargoes of any type on frequent monthly sailings, as with the ‘Asia – Americas Trade Route’ offers significant economies of scale to all customers.

AAL foresees that the Biden administration will continue a strict line on trade with China but anticipates a more constructive dialogue that will lead to increased trade volumes between the two superpowers.  The Carrier also forecasts increased cargo volumes to South America.

Morland added, ‘As our service from Asia enters through the Panama Canal, we are seeing increased inquiries to North of South America and Central America. The deviation to discharge in these ports is not necessarily big, so we can be competitive when there are cargoes suitable. There are signs of investment in oil and gas, infrastructure and renewables, so we are in the perfect position to increase our fleet deployment into the region given the right opportunity.’

ASIA-AUS LINER SERVICES BAF SURCHARGE NOTICE

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 16.00 per RT
  • Containers*:            
    • USD 425.00 per 20` GP/HC
    • USD 850.00 per 40` GP/HC
    • USD 1025.00 per 45`- 53` GP/HC/RF

and will come into effect from the following sailings:

  • AAL Shanghai-21001 or sub
  • AAL Dampier-21004 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.

*Excluding tanktainer/bulk storage tanks/half heights and tri-con.

Regards,

AAL Management Team

AAL COMMITS LONG-TERM TO EU-ME/IN-ASIA SERVICE

AAL Shipping (AAL) is marking the one-year anniversary of its ‘Europe – Middle East / India – Asia Monthly Liner Service’ with a long-term commitment to employing six ‘mega size’ (30,000+ DWT) heavy lift multipurpose vessels on the operation. The decision comes amid growing popularity for the service amongst large and small shippers from across Europe and the Middle East, able to parcel their project heavy lift, breakbulk, steel and general cargoes on AAL’s large tonnage vessels. Shipper demand has been amplified by the reliability of the scheduled monthly frequency provided by the 12-month-old service for forward planning operations, which has been a great success despite its launch coinciding with one of the most challenging periods for the global shipping community.

Eike Muentz, General Manager at AAL Europe, explained, ‘It would have been justified if we had simply postponed our plans at the time and waited-out the worst of the pandemic and its potential impact on cargo readiness, port delays and crew restrictions. However, we had already built momentum in the shipper market and established strong relations with important partners and base ports along the service like Antwerp, Porto Marghera, Dammam and Jebel Ali. Despite severe pressure on our operations due to international COVID-19 restrictions, we have performed every sailing as planned and scheduled from then until now.’

Kay Goldenstein, Commercial Manager at AAL Europe added, ‘customers were initially cautious, having witnessed other MPP carriers on the trade lane fail to deliver on commitments. The fact that AAL had run a successful liner service between Asia and Australia for 25 years and had direct recent experience of operating numerous sailings between Europe and Asia gave us the confidence and credibility to approach shippers across Europe and the Middle East. We established a presence in key hubs across Northern, Central and Southern Europe and got the word out quickly to interested partners with cargo needs. This developed into picking up breakbulk, steel and general cargo Eastbound – anything big or small – and parcelled these up with any project cargoes headed in the same direction.’

AAL made the decision early to deploy its young 31,000 DWT A-Class fleet on the service. These ‘mega-size’ vessels, supported by the carrier’s award-winning operations and engineering teams, are well-equipped to handle the diverse cargo profile required of a monthly liner service. Their clear weather deck space of 3,000 SQM combined with adjustable tweendecks and significant under deck volume make the vessels ideal for project heavy lift, general cargo, steel and bulk commodities as well as being equipped to carry every container size from 20ft to 53ft HC. Besides their 40,000 CBM cargo intake volume, they also feature HL cranes for units of up to 700 t.

Muentz concluded, ‘Running a liner service takes a significant commitment of resources and people working literally around-the-clock and right across the route to ensure that our six vessels are fully employed and that our customers of all sizes find a place for their cargo on the sailing they want and calling the ports they need. We want AAL to be the first port of call for our customers and that requires trust and dependability and we are confident that the service and our team is up to the challenge.’

EMERGENCY PORT CONGESTION SURCHARGE

EMERGENCY PORT CONGESTION SURCHARGE
AAL Asia – Australia East-Coast & West-Coast Liner Services

Dear Customers,
As you may already know, waiting times for berthing vessels in many Chinese ports has increased exponentially in recent weeks. Until such time that these charges return to more sustainable levels, we are introducing an ‘Emergency Port Congestion Surcharge’ (EPCS) to mitigate the rising cost of calls at the ports concerned.

This surcharge will take immediate effect and will be applied to all new and existing bookings from Xingang/Tianjin and Shanghai.
• Breakbulk: USD 3.50/RT
• Containers: USD 125.00/TEU
USD 250.00/FEU+

The first vessels with the EPCS will be:
• Australia East-Coast: AAL NEWCASTLE v.21002 (ETA TXG 5/Feb)
• Australia West-Coast: AAL DAMPIER v.21002 (ETA SHA 3/Feb)
We are monitoring the situation closely and will revise the EPCS accordingly. In the meantime, we thank-you for your understanding.

Regards,
AAL Management Team

ASIA-AUS LINER SERVICES APSC & DCPSC NOTICE

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)
per Revenue Tonne (RT)
Destination Container Port Service Charge (DCPSC)
*standard Containers only – tri-con, half-height, bulk storage tank, fuel storage tank etc will be charged APSC
Doc Fee
per Bill of Lading or Delivery Order
20’ 40’ 45’ 48’ 51’ 53’
Brisbane and QLD $24.90 $700 $1,050 $1,200 $1,250 $1,300 $1,350 $125
Newcastle only $19.60
Port Kembla and NSW $19.60
Melbourne and VIC $20.70
Adelaide and SA $23.90
Fremantle and WA/NT/TAS $25.70

The above changes were effective from

  • East Coast – 07th December 2020 (AAL Paris-20010 or sub)
  • West Coast – 01st November 2020 (AAL Fremantle-20009 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.

Regards,

AAL Management Team

EU-ME-ASIA LINER SERVICE BAF / CONGESTION CHARGE NOTICE

Dear Customers,

Following a change in bunkering costs within our trading area, we are increasing the Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF) surcharge across our ‘Europe – Middle East – Asia Liner Service’.

The BAF surcharges are as follows:

  • Breakbulk: USD 10.00 per RT
  • Containers:
    • USD 200.00 per TEU
    • USD 400.00 per FEU


Due to increased waiting time we implement the following congestion surcharges on our liner trade:

  • Break bulk USD 3.00 per RT
  • Containers:
    • USD 50.00 per TEU
    • USD 100.00 per FEU

The above surcharges will come into effect from the following sailing:

  • AAL Kobe – 02E21

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.

Whilst writing we also take the opportunity on behalf of the whole company to wish you, your colleagues and families well during these extremely challenging times.  Keep safe everyone.

Regards,

AAL Management Team

ASIA-AUS LINER SERVICES BAF SURCHARGE NOTICE

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 12.00 per RT
  • Containers*:           
    • USD 425.00 per 20` GP/HC
    • USD 850.00 per 40` GP/HC
    • USD 1025.00 per 45`- 53` GP/HC/RF

and will come into effect from the following sailings:

  • AAL Melbourne-21001 or sub
  • AAL Fremantle-21003 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.

*Excluding tanktainer/bulk storage tanks/half heights and tri-con.

Regards,

AAL Management Team

AAL TRANSPORTS 22,400CBM FOR ELIWANA MINE & RAIL PROJECT

Global project heavy lift carrier AAL Shipping (AAL) recently delivered 22,400cbm of stacker reclaimer components from Dalian in North East China to Port Hedland in Western Australia. The cargo, destined for the Fortescue Metals Group’s Eliwana Mine and Rail Project in the Pilbara, was loaded on the 19,000dwt heavy lift mpv, AAL Fremantle (S-Class). Months of meticulous engineering planning were made significantly more difficult due to newly implemented COVID-19 restrictions in Dalian. Despite these challenges, the cargo was loaded safely, and schedule integrity maintained. 

The stacker reclaimer components were shipped on behalf of one of the world’s leading project logistics providers, Schenker Australia Pty Ltd. The cargo comprised of multiple components of which the heaviest was just over 230t and, the longest, 40m in length.  Tandem lifting was required using the vessel’s port side heavy lift cranes (700t max lift) and the operation proved challenging. 

Nicola Pacifico, Head of AAL Transport Engineering explained, ‘When handling heavy lift and over dimensional project cargo, considerations of weight distribution, lift height restrictions, maximum outreach and of course time and safety are significant.

‘Project requirements were also exacting, and we prepared extensive engineering modelling and feasibility scenarios to illustrate the safety of our transport solution, its response to potential weather fronts during typhoon season and to comply with additional requests submitted by Marine Warranty Surveyors. Ultimately, we met all required standards and made full use of the AAL Fremantle’s 1,600sqm weather deck and the 53m length of her hold number 3 to safely stow and secure every piece of our customer’s 22,400cbm cargo for its onward 3,700nm journey to Port Hedland.’

He added, ‘At 19,000dwt, the S-Class is one of AAL’s smallest fleet classes.  Designed and built by AAL to service the demands of the heavy lift project cargo market, its optimised and flexible cargo intake capacity have made the S-Class extremely popular.’

Located in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia, construction began on the Eliwana project in July 2019. The iron ore mining project includes 143km of rail track and a dry ore processing facility (OPF) capable of outputting 30 million tonnes per annum. The project will create up to 1,900 jobs during ongoing construction and 500 full-time site positions once fully operational.

Bernd Schuler, Commercial Manager Australia for DB Schenker Global Projects & Industry Solutions, concluded, ‘We look forward to a successful and safe conclusion to this important project. DB Schenker is proud to design bespoke project cargo solutions for our most prestigious client Fortescue on their Eliwana project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.’

AAL WINS BEST PROJECT CARGO CARRIER 2020 AWARD!

At the 2020 Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) Awards in Hong Kong on Monday 9th November – an event attended by some of the biggest players in the Asian freight and logistics industry – AAL Shipping (AAL) took the evening’s top project heavy lift carrier award, ‘Best Shipping Line – Project Cargo’.  Given for outstanding service to the Asian Shipping Community, the award recognises the work done by AAL to provide reliable ocean transportation solutions within the region for the last 25 years and a significant milestone being celebrated by the carrier in 2020.

The awards hosted and organised annually by Asia Cargo News, recognise leading service providers including shipping and airlines; airports and seaports; and logistics; 3PLs and other associated industry professionals. The nomination and voting process invited more than 15,000 readers and e-news subscribers to first determine the leading companies in the market and then select their winners, making the results the exclusive opinion of actual service users.

Kyriacos Panayides, Managing Director of AAL, harnessed the win to praise the efforts of the AAL teams on land and sea during what has been one of the most challenging years for the multipurpose and project heavy lift sector, ‘We thank everyone who voted for AAL and the Organisers for putting on such a great awards ceremony. 2020 Has been a perfect storm of challenges for everyone involved in the shipping sector, with trade wars, oversupply, commodity price instability and, last but most challenging of all, the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Marrying the primary need to protect the health and safety of our teams worldwide with the commitment to keep our customers’ supply chains moving has been extremely tough. We thank our excellent team for their continued hard work and resolve. This award is testament to their high customer service ethics and is shared equally amongst them all.’ 

AUSTRALIAN PORT SERVICE CHARGE NOTICE

09.11.20

AUSTRALIAN PORT SERVICE CHARGE NOTICE

AAL Asia – Australia East-Coast & West-Coast Liner Services

Dear Customers,

Following a change in cargo handling costs within our trading area, we are adjusting the Australian Port Service Charge & Destination Container Port Service Charge across our ‘Asia-Australia East & West Coast Liner Services’.

The above changes are effective from:

  • East Coast – 07th December 2020 (AAL Paris-20010 or sub)
  • West Coast – 01st November 2020 (AAL Fremantle-20009 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.

Regards,

AAL Management Team

AAL DUBAI MARKS ANNIVERSARY WITH MONTHLY MPP SAILINGS

October 2015 marked the official launch of the specialist heavy lift project cargo and breakbulk carrier AAL’s Middle East Hub Office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Today, despite one of the most challenging periods in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)’s recent history – with oil price instability and COVID-19 causing economic pressure on local economies – AAL is seeing tentative growth in cargo demand through the Middle East and has made a long-term commitment to operating a scheduled monthly multipurpose (MPP) sailing through the region in service of local shippers and project owners, as well as additional tramp sailings when required.

Given domestic and external headwinds, real GDP in the MENA region has been projected to fall by more than 4.7 percent in 2020, reflecting the widescale economic impact of COVID-19 and subdued activity in oil exporters and related sectors. However, fiscal responses put in place by a number of countries in the region, including Bahrain, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, and Saudi Arabia, are casting a lifeline to ongoing power and civil infrastructure projects and supporting local economies.

AAL’s Chief Representative in the Middle East, Karim Smaili, explained; “Green shoots first appeared after central banks began announcing stimulus measures focused on facilitating bank lending and easing loan payments for companies and projects. One of these was the UAE’s Target Economic Support Scheme, which initially allocated USD27bn in zero-interest loans to banks and cuts in capital reserve requirements. Saudi Arabia similarly offered USD13bn to support banks and other countries have followed.”

He added; “Whereas it is difficult to judge how effective these measures will be against a prolonged pandemic, the immediate affect has been more positive for a number of our customers in the petrochemical and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) sectors looking to move forward with projects and reinvigorating trade with Europe, South East Asia, and the Far East. We are also seeing growing demand and imports of general cargoes and even exports from the Middle East of steel and project cargoes to Asia.

“This is evidenced in the growing popularity of our scheduled ‘Europe – Middle East/ India – Asia Monthly Liner Service’ which has, since its launch in 2020, established AAL as carrier of choice with a growing number of local customers. They have not only appreciated the scheduled monthly integrity of our sailings, but have benefited from the economies of scale that our larger mega-size vessels offer and strong relationships we have in place with shippers and port authorities east and west of the region – which has significantly helped during this period of unprecedented cargo and crewing restrictions.”

Smaili concluded; “The landscape of the region is forever changing and challenges like those we see today dictate current operational and financial activity. However, the essence of the people I work with here every day does not change. Since the launch of our Middle East hub, the key factor to building trust has been the localised personal service we provide. The ability to talk and meet with local customers, respond to enquiries in a timely manner, and provide hands-on support during the lifecycle of their cargo shipments has been crucial – today, maybe, more than ever. Our Middle East hub office is further supported by a growing network of top local commercial representatives across the MENA region.”

AUSTRALIAN PORT SERVICE CHARGE NOTICE

04.09.20

Dear Customers,

Following a change in cargo handling costs within our trading area, we are adjusting the Australian Port Service Charge & Destination Container Port Service Charge across our ‘Asia-Australia East & West Coast Liner Services’.

Breakbulk (APSC):
• Fremantle – AUD $25.70 per RT

Containers (DCPSC):
• 20` – AUD 700.00 per Unit
• 40` – AUD 1,050.00 per Unit
• 45` – AUD 1,200.00 per Unit
• 48` – AUD 1,250.00 per Unit
• 48` Tank – AUD 1,500.00 per Unit
• 53` – AUD 1,400.00 per Unit

Documentation Fee (Doc Fee):
• AUD 125.00 per Bill of Lading or Delivery Order

These adjustments will come into effect from the following sailings:
• AAL Newcastle-20006 or sub
• AAL Fremantle-20009 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.

Regards,

AAL Management Team

GIANT CABLE CAROUSEL FOR OFFSHORE ENERGY PROJECT

AAL TRANSPORTS GIANT CABLE CAROUSEL (CIRCUMFERENCE OF 73M) FROM DUBAI TO TAIWAN FOR A US $2 BILLION OFFSHORE CLEAN ENERGY PROJECT

Breakbulk and project heavy lift carrier, AAL Shipping has delivered a cable carousel measuring 23 m in diameter (73 m circumference) to Jan De Nul Group, for the Formosa 2 offshore wind farm project, 9.5km off the coast of north-west Taiwan. The cargo was loaded in Jebel Ali and transported on deck of the 19,000 dwt heavy lift (HL) multipurpose vessel AAL Nanjing to the project marshaling port Taichung. The cable carousel is one of the first major components to be delivered to Taichung Port where works have begun to develop the project’s operations and maintenance base. The Formosa 2 project started construction at the end of 2019 and the project will be in operation in 2021. The offshore wind farm is expected to produce enough green energy to power 380,000 households a year and offset 18.75 million mt of carbon emissions in its lifetime.

Yahaya Sanusi, Deputy Head of AAL Transport Engineering, commented, “Manufactured in Norway’s Drammen Yard and designed to spool 3,000 t of undersea power cable, the carousel alone weighed over 370 t. The unit was loaded and discharged using both the Nanjing’s port mounted HL cranes and rigged in three points to a 22.5 m lifting beam (with a safe working load of 637 t), which proved to be the safest solution for the lift. Its significant diameter of just over 23 m was slightly less than the 23.4 m beam of the S-Class vessel, but wider than her 18.8 m hatch cover – so it ended-up protruding over both sides of the vessel. Safe to say that we do not leave any stone unturned when planning the optimum transport solution for such complicated cargo shapes and sizes.”

Christophe Grammare, Commercial Director of AAL, added, “This particular cargo was carried on one of our four ‘S-Class’ vessels – a young 19,000 dwt class that is extremely flexible and features a significant 700 t heavy lift capability. With the fleet employment strategy we have in place, we can offer sailing frequency and vessel choice – from 19,000 dwt to 33,000 dwt – to our customers trading between the Middle East and Asia and westwards towards Europe and the US, for multipurpose cargoes of any type and size.

“Of course, added safety and security measures worldwide due to COVID-19 have put a greater strain on our sea and land-based teams and operations, but we accept these measures are now part of the new normal in the shipping sector and carefully factor them into our scheduling and planning to ensure that we manage and then meet the expectations of our customers at all times.”

TWO SIEMENS GENERATORS FOR EU & IRAQ POWER PLANTS

The ‘mega-size’ heavy lift multipurpose vessel (MPV), AAL Singapore, transported two Siemens generators with a combined weight of almost 700mt for two separate gas-fired power plants in Europe and Iraq that will help to generate a total clean energy output of 1,680 MW.

Global project heavy lift carrier AAL has recently delivered two Siemens ‘S-Gen’ generators, weighing close to 350 mt each, for two new clean energy gas-fired power plants in Europe and Maysan, Iraq. The units were built at Siemens’ worldwide energy hub in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, and transported from the Norfolk International Terminals in Virginia, USA, into Europe and Iraq onboard the 31,000 dwt mega-size AAL Singapore. The estimated construction cost of each plant is over USD340 million, and both feature a potential power output of 840 MW.

On route to discharging the second unit in the Port of Umm Qasr, Iraq, the AAL Singapore called Hamburg, Germany, to load an additional steam turbine weighing 317 mt for the same power plant in Maysan.

Marco Wendt, Chartering Manager at AAL Europe – the Hamburg-based office responsible for booking the cargo – commented: “The cargo was carried on a popular trade route, eastbound from the US to Europe, Middle East, and onwards to Asia. The two generators were booked by different customers, including Bertling. We have long-standing relationships with these charterers and worked extremely hard to deliver their cargoes on schedule, powering through the challenges to our sea and land-based operations of necessary COVID-19 restrictions and health and safety measures.”

Eike Muentz, General Manager at AAL Europe, added: “The US – Europe – Middle East – Asia trade is growing in importance for AAL and in May and June alone, we operated 12 multipurpose sailings calling US ports, with more planned in July. This frequency of large tonnage into the region is offering the US multipurpose market much needed support during this challenging time and providing shippers trading in the region with flexibility and economies of scale – no matter how small or large their cargo might be.”

AAL BOOSTS GLOBAL PRESENCE WITH ANOTHER 133,000 DWT

Additional W-Class vessels join AAL’s fleet, representing 133,000 dwt / 156,000 cbm of additional capacity for its customers and further differentiating the carrier’s niche project cargo offering and strong position within the MPP sector.

Specialist breakbulk and project heavy lift carrier AAL is expanding its multipurpose fleet with the addition of a number of modern and highly adaptive Warnow-Class (W-Class) 33,271 dwt ‘mega-size’ vessels.  Representing 133,000 dwt / 156,000 cbm of additional capacity for AAL’s customers, the new vessels boost AAL’s operating tonnage to just shy of 740,000 dwt (excluding short term time charters) and strengthen its unique global customer offering and position as one of the sector’s largest and most service-driven carriers.

The vessels, four in total, will join AAL’s fleet from October and, alongside additional W-Class tonnage already employed in the fleet and multiple other MPV classes, they will boost the carrier’s global coverage, providing additional capacity on such important trades as: Asia – Australia; Asia – Middle East –  Europe; and Asia – North America.

Large, modern and highly flexible, the W-Class perfectly complements AAL’s fleet mix strategy and its customers’ needs with their ability to accommodate multiple cargo types simultaneously – project cargo, breakbulk and dry bulk commodities – with five cargo holds (three with tweendecks) and a significant individual cargo in-take of 39,000 cbm.

This latest fleet expansion news comes on the eve of AAL’s 25-year anniversary and is a clear statement of intent to further strengthen its global trade coverage and already renowned niche market positioning, adding to its already varied fleet profile with ‘mega-size’ tonnage that offers shippers significant cargo intake volumes and economies of scale on every sailing.

AAL’s Managing Director Kyriacos Panayides explained, ‘We’ve invested heavily in developing a global infrastructure, differentiated modern fleet profile and team of professionals worldwide – experts in chartering, commercial support, operations and engineering – that can put us in pole position over other carriers to deliver on the demands of today’s global project industry.

‘Despite being in a position to cater for the long or short-term employment demands of any major project worldwide, we retain an appetite for further sustainable growth and to ensure that our service remains competitive and differentiated at every level of our operations.’

AAL ‘LIFTS’ ITS CUSTOMER SERVICE WITH SEDNA

September 10, 2019: AAL, one of the world’s largest and most trusted breakbulk and project heavy lift operators, has selected SEDNA as its company-wide email solution and team collaboration platform. By adopting SEDNA, AAL has consolidated multiple systems into a single, cloud-based technology and migrated the innovative system across its entire office network in Asia, Europe, Americas, Oceania and Middle East.

A global service provider with 25 years’ experience, AAL recognises that people are its most important asset and that clear and efficient communication between stakeholders is critical. The company has a mandate to leverage modern hardware, advanced systems and innovative technology wherever required to help meet customer demand and achieve its corporate vision.

Christophe Grammare, AAL’s Commercial Director explained, “Before SEDNA, AAL operated multiple platforms to deal with incoming email and convert cargo enquiries into processable data. We were using two email systems concurrently and an on-premise solution that was proving inefficient in keeping-up with our growth curve and volume of inquiries we were handling daily.”

He added, “We were in the market for a single collaborative email solution and became aware of SEDNA, knowing other industry stakeholders already using the system. We wanted a harmonised and adaptable cloud-based system that could process and archive large quantities of email in an efficient, organised manner and help us optimise our customer response times and overall service efficiency.”

Grammare highlighted three features that set SEDNA apart, “The first, is the system’s ability to share email and related data between teams without individuals having to physically forward anything. The second, is that it automatically tracks and displays who’s read and commented on an email – significantly improving transparency within a fast-moving group email environment.  The third, is its email tagging algorithm – tailormade for AAL – that enables immediate identification, fast processing and retrieval of email.”

Dan James, Product Director at SEDNA, emphasised the company’s focus on developing a platform that helps teams work better together. “In our experience, Chartering and Operations teams find traditional email systems lack the functionality and processing capability to efficiently distill and disseminate large volumes of data to complete tasks or provide deeper insights into the performance of individuals. Our goal is to provide a solution that enables teams within large global organisations like AAL to stay connected and optimise their productivity.”

Mr. Grammare concluded, “AAL is the multipurpose sector’s most awarded carrier and a focus on service quality at every level of the organisation is what sets us apart. In SEDNA, we’ve found a partner that shares that philosophy and have been impressed by its ability to adapt and develop in response to our demands.”

GIANT PRESSURE VESSEL PROVES NO PRESSURE FOR AAL

September 2019 saw project heavy lift carrier AAL complete the successful handling and transport of an impressive cargo of South Korean-engineered petrochemical plant components, from Pyeongtaek to Map Ta Phut. The units are to be installed at one of Thailand’s largest integrated producers of olefins and polyolefins – for industries like agriculture, automotive, building & infrastructure and medical – and comprised over 15,000cbm of individual items, the largest of which was a pressure vessel measuring 86 metres in length and weighing close to 360mt.

The heavy lift vessel involved was one of AAL’s S-Class fleet (19,000dwt and featuring a 700t max lift), the AAL Dampier. The cargo operation proved a truly ‘international’ exercise for AAL and testament to its award-winning service and accredited internal systems and communications. The cargo was booked by its chartering desk in Korea, operated by its Australia Office and engineered and supervised by its team in Singapore.

AAL is the multipurpose sector’s most awarded carrier and provides worldwide project heavy lift, breakbulk and dry bulk solutions – both tramp chartering and scheduled liner services – to the world’s most dynamic industries, including petrochemical, oil and gas, energy, infrastructure and mining. Its fleet is one of the sector’s largest and youngest and comprises specialist MPVs of multiple sizes, with a number of large 30,000+dwt ‘mega-size’ vessels that offer AAL’s shippers significant cargo intake volumes and economies of scale on each sailing.

AAL ‘TOP CARRIER’ FINALIST GFA 2019. VOTE FOR US!

AAL is a finalist in the ‘Breakbulk Operator of the Year’ category at this year’s GFA.

We take great pride in being one of the multipurpose sector’s most trusted operators, keeping our customers and partners at the heart of all our operations.

We’d be grateful for your vote.

Voting ends September 20th 2019. VOTE FOR AAL HERE.

ANNOUNCEMENT – IMO 2020 SULPHUR CAP

AAL TO BE FULLY COMPLIANT WITH NEW IMO 2020 LOW SULPHUR REGULATION BY END OF 2019

With widespread discussion and reporting about the IMO 2020 ‘Sulphur Cap’ regulation, coming into effect January 1st2020, we would like to clarify our position and how we plan to move forward over the coming weeks and months to fully prepare ourselves and our customers for this important and long-awaited milestone in our sector’s history.

The purpose of the new regulation is to reduce Sulphur Oxide (SOx) levels produced across the entire shipping industry, resulting in more sustainable air quality conditions for those environments in which we operate every day, particularly coastal and port communities.  AAL has served the multipurpose heavy lift sector for 25 years and we welcome the positive global impact it will have on our environment and the health of current and future generations. 

Over the past year, we’ve been researching the options available and decided that migration to the use of low sulphur fuel (fuel with sulphur content of 0.5% or less and fully compliant with the IMO legislation) will best meet the interests of the customers, trades and industries we service globally. This fuel comprises variants such as Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (LSFO), Ultra Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (ULSFO) and Low Sulphur Marine Gasoil (LS-MGO), all currently more expensive than standard marine fuel. In this respect, not only will adoption of same have profound implications for our planet, but also on the economics of our daily operations.

In the multipurpose shipping sector, we know well that one size does not fit all. Therefore, in consideration of the wide variety of cargo and trades that we handle and manage worldwide, we will be implementing various calculation methodologies to fairly share the increased cost of low sulphur fuel usage with our customers. These measures will come into effect from September 1st 2019, as we start the arduous task of preparing our fleet for low sulphur fuel and begin bunkering same with the intent of being fully compliant with the IMO regulation by year’s end. 

In the meantime, we thank you for your continued support and for joining AAL in helping to deliver a new era of sustainable shipping for our industry and the global community.

Regards

AAL Management team

 

AAL LAUNCHES REGULAR ‘EUROPE – FAR EAST’ SERVICE

AAL Europe has formally launched a ‘Europe – Far East Service’, to offer regular sailings and highly flexible port calls between Northern Europe (ARA range and the Baltic region), Middle East, South East Asia and over to the Far East. The service’s backbone will be the carrier’s owned and highly flexible 19,000 dwt S-Class heavy lift vessels (700 t max lift) and complemented by ad-hoc sailings of its A-Class and W-Class mpv fleet, to provide customers the assurance of frequent sailings and tonnage options.

Eike Muentz, AAL Europe’s General Manager commented, ‘We have actually been operating S-Class and other vessel sizes on the trade between Europe and Asia since the start of the year and have built-up the sustainable cargo flow and broad market interest to justify employing more S-Class vessels permanently on the trade. With multiple cargo stowage configurations on deck and under (in secure holds) a key feature of the S-Class design – along with a significant 700 t max lift – we can accommodate a huge variety of cargo types from large and heavy project cargo, to breakbulk, steel and dry bulk commodities and all at the same time.’

He added, ‘The default routing from Europe will be via the Med, but we can also sail via West Africa or PG / Middle East depending on cargo demand. Our aim is to establish monthly calls from Antwerp, Rotterdam, Hamburg and one or two additional loading ports in the Med. When called upon we can also draw upon any of the other vessel classes within our fleet, even the ‘mega size’ heavy lift A-Class (31,000 dwt) and W-Class (33,000 dwt).’

For more details about this service or any other within our portfolio, please contact your local or most convenient AAL office.

Click here to download Europe-Far East Service map.

AAL WINS TOP ASIAN PROJECT CARGO SHIPPING AWARD 2019

We are pleased to announce that last night AAL beat stiff competition, to WIN the most prestigious project cargo shipping award in Asia – the AFLAS 2019 ‘Best Shipping Line – Project Cargo’.

We thank everyone across our Asia offices for their hard work and sterling contribution throughout the past year, as it was their customers and contacts who went online to vote for us.

Such awards send a strong and positive message into the global market about AAL’s quality and customer service – especially when we WIN major awards consistently every year.

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