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AAL CARRIES OUT SIX MONTH SERIES OF SHIPMENTS FOR THE NEW 181MW DULACCA WIND FARM IN QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA – TRANSPORTING 375,000 FRT OF CARGO

Between February and July 2022, AAL Shipping (AAL) is operating a series of shipments between China and Brisbane to transport heavy lift and project cargo components for the 181MW Dulacca Wind Farm planned for development in Queensland Australia – a plant expected to generate enough clean energy to power approximately 124,000 homes in the region. Employed by multiple global logistics companies to manage the ocean transportation for some of the Wind Farm’s largest components, AAL’s shipments are comprising 43 Vestas wind turbines (towers and blades), transformers, electrical cables and other – a total of close to 375,000 freight tonnes (FRT) of cargo.

Marco Wendt, Chartering Manager at AAL Europe and spearheading AAL’s global wind cargo movements, explained, ‘AAL has been working closely with Vestas and its appointed logistics partners for a number of years, serving many of its wind farm projects around the world on both a long and short-term employment basis. It is a privilege to have this position of trust on such important projects and the successful and safe delivery of our customer’s cargo is a key objective for AAL and our teams worldwide.’

Andrew Mangan, Chartering Manager at AAL and coordinating the sailings into Australia from the carrier’s Singapore Headquarters added, ‘The shipments into Brisbane for Dulacca are being loaded from several Chinese ports including Tianjin, Taicang and Yangzhou and we are working with multiple logistics companies in their execution, each with their own specific timeline and cargo requirements. We therefore decided to utilise two different vessel classes on the project, our ‘mega-size’ 31,000 deadweight (DWT) A-Class and the more compact 19,000 DWT S-Class – to manage both large and small shipment sizes with as much efficiency and economy of scale for our customers as possible.’

Chris Yabsley, Chartering Manager at AAL Australia, added, ‘The 181MW Dulacca Wind Farm is located between Dulacca and Drillham in the Western Downs Region of Queensland and will be powered by 43 Vestas wind turbines of 4.2MW rated capacity each. It will generate enough clean energy to power 124,000 homes and inject over AUD 400m into the local economy. The award of this project is a welcome recognition of AAL’s long-standing ‘Asia – Australia’ trade lane and expertise, which has served customers with a regular scheduled service for over 26 years.  We are proud to be part of such an important local project and help to expand the use of sustainable green energy solutions in the country.

BUNKER SURCHARGE NOTICE

AAL ASIA – AUSTRALIA EAST-COAST & WEST-COAST LINER SERVICES

Dear Customers, 

Following a change in bunkering costs within our trading area caused by the current events in Europe we are forced to add an Emergency Bunker Adjustment Factor (EBAF) surcharge across our ‘Asia-Australia East & West Coast Liner Services’.

The revised BAF surcharges are as follows:
Breakbulk: USD 50.00 per RT (including EBAF USD 18.00)
• Standard Containers: USD 975.00 per TEU (including EBAF USD 250.00)


and will come into effect from the following sailings:
• AAL BANGKOK v.22003 or sub
• AAL FREMANTLE v.22002 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 for any further information.

In the meantime, we thank you for your continued support.

Regards,

AAL Management Team

ASIA TO EAST COAST AUSTRALIA LINER SERVICE

BRISBANE PORT CLOSURE

Dear Customers,
Due to the recent weather events in Brisbane and in accordance with the Regional Harbour Master’s directive, AAL Dampier-21010 was unable to berth as scheduled on Sunday 27th February 2022. As per latest advice, we are expecting to get alongside at AAT Terminal tomorrow 5th March 2022.

As a result of these unforeseen delays, AAL will be applying our Australian Terminal Congestion Surcharge (AUD 15.00 per FRT) to all bookings being discharged in Brisbane.

We appreciate your understanding on this matter.

Kind regards,

AAL Shipping

BUNKER SURCHARGE NOTICE

EUROPE-MIDDLE EAST/INDIA-ASIA 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 Friday 4th March 2022

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

• Breakbulk: USD 50.00 per RT

The increased BAF surcharge for Containers as follows:  

• USD 450.00 per TEU

• USD 900.00 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 for any further information. In the meantime, we thank you for your continued support.

Regards,

AAL Management Team

AAL SHIPPING INCREASES ORDER OF ITS INNOVATIONALTHIRD GENERATION NEWBUILDINGS 

Late November 2021, AAL Shipping (AAL) announced the launch of its third-generation newbuilding plan with the initial order of four 32,000 deadweight (DWT) premium project multipurpose vessels and classifying them the ‘Super B-Class’. The design of these vessels was a collaboration between AAL’s engineering and commercial teams working alongside sister company, Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) – responsible for over 270 newbuilding projects in top yards around the world. The carrier, which already operates a fleet of 25 heavy lift multipurpose vessels (MPVs) on busy trades globally, has now increased its order of the Super B-Class to SIX vessels and released first images, technical and design details of how these revolutionary premium project carriers will live up to their ‘super’ name.

Nicola Pacifico, Global Head of AAL’s Transport Engineering Department, explained, ‘These vessels were designed to be the most efficient and competent MPVs in the water. They will perfectly complement AAL’s fleet and service profile and, in their design, we harnessed all of our engineering team’s expertise in handling heavy lift, breakbulk and dry bulk cargo since 1995. The Super B-Class will have the capability to accommodate safely more than 60,000 freight tonnes (FRT) of cargo on a single sailing and literally any cargo big and small. The already significant clear weather deck space of 146 x 26 metres will feature unique extendable pontoons that can increase stowage space even further, as well as allowing certain cargoes to safely overhang the deck when required, like wind blades. 

‘With the bridge and accommodation block positioned forward, our crews will have unobscured sailing visibility and no physical restriction on cargo height. Moreover, the vessels can also sail with open hatch covers, enabling extremely tall and over-dimensional units to be stowed safely in hold space. And, despite significant cargo intake volume and size (vessels will be just shy of 180m in length), the hull design of the Super B-Class will deliver a 6.5 metre minimum draft, allowing AAL to call far smaller and more remote ports, which is perfect for employment on dedicated large projects.’ 

Yahaya Sanusi, Deputy Head of AAL’s Transport Engineering Department and the naval architect responsible for many of the ideas incorporated into the vessels’ innovative design added, ‘Three heavy lift cranes positioned along the vessels’ port side will feature 350t lift each and combinable up to 700t max. Tandem lifting can be done in combination with both crane number 1 and 2, and crane number 2 and 3.  This enables cargo loading at both the fore and aft of the vessel – optimising deck space and capacity and mitigating the need to lift large project cargo into just one area and move it by other means into final stowage position which is time and labour intensive.  The cranes are also designed with a wider outreach of 35.7 metres at higher lifting capacity and render far more flexibility and options when loading large and / or heavy units.’ 

Under deck there will be two box-shaped cargo holds, one a staggering 68 x 25 metres, and the other 38 x 25 metres and with a height of 15.6 metres. They also feature adjustable pontoon triple deck capabilities as required, to optimise cargo intake. With no centre line bulkhead, the holds are designed to perfectly accommodate dry bulk commodities and optimised for stowage of dangerous IMO cargoes. 

The Super B-Class will be dual fuel and methanol ready and run-on MAN main engines of 7,380 kW – supported by 2 x 1,700 kW and 1 x 1,065 kW auxiliary diesel generators.   The vessels will be NOx Tier III compatible with HPSCR, EEDI phase 3 compliancy, featuring a projected service speed of 14.5 knots. They will also feature modern ballast water treatment systems and innovative hull coating that delivers greater fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions. Overall, the Super B-Class will meet the highest possible automation and emission standards, as well as complying with IMO regulations on emissions and sustainability for environmental protection. 

Five of the Super B-Class will be named after major breakbulk ports: AAL Antwerp, AAL Hamburg, AAL Houston, AAL Dubai and AAL Dammam. The sixth vessel will proudly bear the name AAL Limassol, in tribute to the town where AAL’s story first began in 1995.

AAL COMPLETES US PETROLEUM REFINERY PROJECT USING ITS ASIA-AMERICAS TRADE ROUTE

Project heavy lift specialist AAL Shipping (AAL) has delivered 456 metric tonne industrial tower components to the US West Coast.  The cargo was loaded in South Korea onboard the 31,000-deadweight heavy lift AAL Pusan and transported across the Pacific to the Port of Everett in Washington on AAL’s enhanced ‘Asia – US Trade Route’.  Cargo handling was further complicated by strict Covid-19 restrictions at multiple ports of call, which required AAL’s global team of engineers in Singapore, Performance Optimisation Control Room technicians in Cyprus, and the vessel’s Master and crew communicating seamlessly.

The tower components were transported on behalf of global logistics provider Geodis Freight Forwarding and will form part of a vacuum distillation unit (VDU) at a US petroleum refinery. The unit produces several types of gas oil that are heavier than middle distillates such as jet fuel, kerosene, and diesel. These distillates can be further refined to make products such as light-cycle oil, gasoline, and naphtha.

Nicola Pacifico, Global Head of AAL Transport Engineering, commented, ‘The main cargo unit was 50 m long and weighed 456 metric tonnes. As is usual with complex oil and gas components, the technical requirements were extremely detailed, and we prepared 114 pages of Method Statements to comply with engineering and operational demands of the transport. Despite significant port restrictions due to Covid-19, our Master and his crew worked seamlessly to execute cargo handing instructions to the letter. And, whilst the AAL Pusan was crossing the Pacific in poor weather, we received 24/7 sailing and weather updates and routing analysis from our Cargo Optimisation Control Room team in Cyprus.’

Yahaya Sanusi, Deputy Head of AAL Transport Engineering, added, ‘The length of the cargo presented us with very tight clearance between the cranes, so meticulous modelling and simulations were undertaken to ensure the success of our lifting and stowage operations. We also prepared extensive load-spreading modelling, and FE-Analysis of deck structures used to ensure integrity and safety throughout. Our solution complied with stringent DNV ST-N001 Marine Operations Standards (the benchmark for offshore marine operations) and kept costs down for the customer.’

Felix Schoeller, Commercial Director of AAL, concluded, ‘Our Asia–Americas Trade Route sailings are performing very well, parcelling multiple cargo types for our customers on each sailing which allows us to offer significant economies of scale to every shipper, both large and small. Despite the proliferation of container cargoes in the multipurpose shipping sector, we have continued to prioritise our existing multipurpose and project heavy lift shippers.

BAF – EUROPE-MIDDLE EAST/INDIA-ASIA 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 Tuesday 25th January 2022.

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

• Breakbulk: USD 30.00 per RT

The increased BAF surcharge for Containers as follows:        

• USD 275.00 per TEU

• USD 495.00 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 for any further information. In the meantime, we thank you for your continued support.

Regards,

AAL Management Team

AUSTRALIAN TERMINAL CONGESTION SURCHARGE

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

Dear Customers,


AAL has been providing reliable and regular shipping services from Asia to Australia for over 25 years and is continuing to do so even today when opportunities to ship are getting rarer for our clients.

Unfortunately, due to the increasing terminal congestion in Australian ports AAL will need to start charging an ‘Australian Terminal Congestion Surcharge’ (ATCS) to partially recover the additional cost, as follows:

  • Breakbulk: AUD 15.00/RT
  • Containers: AUD 525.00/TEU

This ATCS will apply from following voyages and for all Australian discharge ports:

  • Australia East-Coast: AAL BANGKOK v.22001
  • Australia West-Coast: AAL FREMANTLE v.21009

We are monitoring the situation closely and will adjust the ATCS accordingly.

Regards,

AAL Management Team

BUNKER SURCHARGE NOTICE

AAL Asia – Australia East-Coast & West-Coast 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 32.00 per RT
• Standard Containers: USD 725.00 per TEU


and will come into effect from the following sailings:
• AAL SHANGHAI v.22002 or sub
• AAL NANJING v.22002 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

AAL MAKES HISTORY WITH THE ‘ALMA DOEPEL’

Top Image: ‘The AAL Shanghai lowering the Alma Doepel into the water – October 2021′
Bottom Image: ‘An archive image of the Alma Doepel at sail.’

In October, AAL Shipping (AAL) freely donated its operational and engineering expertise to help re-launch a historic Australian sailing ship, the Alma Doepel a 118-year-old three-masted topsail schooner that was in dry dock for rebuilding, having served the Victoria Community as a youth training vessel with over 4,000 young local cadets to her credit. Approximately AUD $3.5 million and over 80,000 volunteer hours have been spent on returning the Alma Doepel to its former glory, and it is expected to take another two years and AUD $1.5 million to complete the restoration work.
 
The 31,000-deadweight heavy lift vessel, AAL Shanghai, was chosen to execute the Alma Doepel operation. She is one of six mega-size MPVs serving the carrier’s ‘Asia to East Coast Australia Monthly Liner Service’ and was calling Melbourne on a southbound journey from North Asia, to discharge a cargo of heavy lift transformers. After discharging her project cargo, she was met by a barge carrying the newly refurbished hull of the Alma Doepel and, using her onboard heavy lift cranes, carefully lifted and manoeuvred the historic ship back to water after an eight-year absence.
 
The Alma Doepel was built in 1903 to transport goods such as timber, wheat, and jam around the coast of Australia. As part of its rich 118-year history, during the Pacific War she proudly served as a supply vessel to the Australian forces in New Britain (the present Papua New Guinea). And now, with more history still to be written, the Alma Doepel is the figurehead of a youth development programme to introduce young Victorians to seafaring and help them build resilience and awareness. 

‘It is very important that as an industry we do what we can to keep Australian maritime history alive. AAL has been part of the Australian shipping community for over 25 years and to have played a role in preserving the Alma Doepel and her legacy was an absolute honour,’ said Frank Mueller, General Manager AAL Australia.

On behalf of the Board of Sail & Adventure Ltd., Restoration Project Director Peter Harris OAM thanked AAL for their assistance and professionalism in returning the Alma Doepel to water.

AAL operates scheduled monthly liner services between Asia and East and West Coast Australia, employing 10 young multipurpose heavy lift vessels along its two trade lanes. In 2022, to satisfy a growing demand for its cargo services, AAL will be deploying a further two 19,000 deadweight S-Class heavy lift vessels to its Asia – East Coast Australia Service.

MEET THE AAL EUROPE TEAM!

Under the careful stewardship of General Manager Europe, Eike Muentz, the AAL Europe Team has grown exponentially over the past 18 months.  Managing the operations of AAL’s popular ‘Europe – Middle East / India – Asia Monthly Liner Service’ and multiple other regular services that connect Europe with the Middle East and Asia eastwards and the Americas to the west, AAL Europe comprises a group of chartering, commercial , engineering and operations professionals with in depth local and international multipurpose cargo handing expertise.  
 
The Team was joined on the day of shooting by AAL Managing Director, Kyriacos Panayides and General Manager, Felix Schoeller – both visiting from Singapore.


From Left to Right:
Sarah Walter (Team Assistant, AAL Europe)
Marc Brockmann (Commercial Manager, AAL Europe)
Eike Muentz (General Manager, AAL Europe)
Jan-Henrik Heyken (Senior Chartering Manager, AAL Europe)
Kay Goldenstein (Chartering Manager, AAL Europe)
Felix Schoeller (General Manager, AAL Headquarters Singapore)
Ricarda Lewandowski (Junior Chartering Broker, AAL Europe)
Markus Remmers (Voyage Operator, AAL Europe)
Kyriacos Panayides (Managing Director, AAL Headquarters Singapore)
Marco Wendt (Chartering Manager, AAL Europe)
Annabel Teege (Voyage Operator, AAL Europe)
Arne Engelken (Chartering Manager, AAL Europe)
Monique Haehre (Project Engineer, AAL Europe) 
Aleksei Vinnik (Cargo Superintendent, AAL Europe)
Thiemo Patzek (Cargo Superintendent, AAL Europe)

 
Eike and the AAL Europe team await your project heavy lift, breakbulk, steel , dry bulk, container and general cargo enquiries today at europe@aalshipping.com