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AAL PULLING ITS WEIGHT IN VENEZUELA

AAL DELIVERS ITS FIRST CARGO SHIPMENT FOR MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR PUERTO LA CRUZ REFINERY PROJECT

Leading multipurpose shipping operator, AAL, has successfully delivered its first shipment of heavy lift cargo, destined for the Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) Puerto La Cruz Refinery in eastern Venezuela. Part of a multi-billion dollar expansion and deep-conversion modernisation project, the cargo of 40,000 cbm of modular pipe racks and structural steel was shipped from Nantong to Guanta aboard the 31,000 dwt A-Class vessel, AAL Brisbane.

General Manager of AAL’s Tramp & Projects Division, Marc Willim, commented, “Puerto La Cruz is one of the largest oil refineries in the country, at about 190,000 b/d and a major refining hub for crude extracted in the states of Monagas and Anzoátegui. We are delighted to add that this impressive cargo is the first delivery of a larger agreement between AAL and the project EPC, with monthly shipments to follow.”

AAL NANJING MAKES LITE WORK OF 410MT ACC UNIT!

17 November 2015: Mammoth ACC unit (410MT) loaded in Changshu for customer, Panalpina, aboard the highly versatile S-Class AAL Nanjing and destined for Port Hedland via our Australia West Coast Liner Service. More pics to follow of this impressive cargo discharging in Port Hedland towards the end of the month. For more loading pictures visit our facebook page: AAL SHIPPING

TEAMWORK PAYS FOR AAL & CSM

Earlier this month, the annual AAL Senior Officers Conference (SOC) took place in Rijeka – principal seaport and third largest city in Croatia. This popular event is co-organised by AAL & Columbia Ship Management (CSM) to identify and consider opportunities for operational and cost efficiencies and greater safety within the AAL Fleet.

In attendance in Rijeka were members of AAL’s operational and senior management team, who joined their colleagues from CSM: including Masters, Chief Mates and Chief Engineers, predominantly from the AAL fleet. The SOC also hosts numerous workshops and training sessions, to help foster excellence in working practices and communication between ship commands and shore-based operational teams.

Our thanks go to the CSM Rijeka team for hosting the 2015 event and, to all our senior officers and their crews, we wish safe sailing!

AAL & PETER DÖHLE LAUNCH IN ITALY

Following the launch of our tramp & projects shipping cooperation in May 2015 with Peter Döhle, we have just announced the establishment of a new operation in Italy, through Genoa-based shipping company, OceanWise Corp (OWC), who will act as the cooperation’s commercial agents.

Based in Genoa, OWC will provide customers in Italy and wider Europe with tailor-made tramp and projects solutions to all trading points around the world.

Commenting on the development, Namir Khanbabi said: “The launch of this new operation in Italy is testament to the ambitions of the AAL & Peter Döhle co-operation, as well as the expansion of our customer base in Europe and their growing demand for evermore efficient and convenient project cargo solutions.”

John Jensen, General Manager of Peter Döhle, added: “The timing of this development could not have been better. We are seeing that despite increased competition, the market still places high value on working with operators that have a genuine understanding and solid expertise in transporting extremely valuable and complex cargoes – where safety and quality cannot be compromised.”

Maurizio Pigna, Chartering Director of OWC, concluded: “We will work with a wide range of customers from major industry sectors in Italy & Europe. In sectors like renewable energy there is real growth and, with our vast market experience and strong global partners in AAL & Peter Döhle, we are perfectly positioned to provide highly competitive transport solutions between any compass point.”

In the picture, taken at OWC’s Launch party in Genoa last month, are (left to right): Marco Wendt (AAL), John Jensen (PD), Namir Khanbabi (AAL), Alessandro Devincentiis (OWC), Maurizio Pigna (OWC), Jan-Hendrik Sibum (PD), Arne Engelken (AAL)

Contact details for OWC follow:

OceanWise Corp
Via Fieschi 8/6 – 16121 Genoa
Italy
T: + 39 010 806 0836
F: + 39 010 893 5914
E: infor@owc-italia.com

AAL MAKES A BIG IMPRESSION AT BREAKBULK AMERICAS 2015

At the recent Breakbulk Americas 2015 expo in Houston (7-8 October), AAL made a significant impression on delegates with its welcoming team, professional presence and high visibility. Not only was our stand located in the most central spot of the Expo, but its design and height ensured that it impressed from near and far.

To see more pictures from the Expo – visit our Facebook page, by clicking here: AAL SHIPPING ON FACEBOOK

ANNOUNCEMENT – AAL OPERATIONS IN TIANJIN

AAL would like to notify and reassure its customers, associates and those concerned that our teams and operations at the Lingang Terminal in Tianjin were not affected by the recent explosions in the area and our services are scheduled to progress as normal. We are monitoring the situation through our team on the ground and receiving regular updates from local authorities. In the event of any change, we will update you immediately.

Our phone lines are open for any inquiries, or concerns:

Australian Liner Services – T: +61 7 3332 8555 E: liner@aalshipping.com
Pacific Service – T: +65 6248 3600 E: pacific.liner@aalshipping.com
Tramp & Projects – T: +65 62483600 E: tramp@aalshipping.com

VALUABLE MARINE RESEARCH STUDY ABOARD AAL MELBOURNE

A CPR (Continuous Plankton Recorder) has been set-up and towed behind the AAL Melbourne, to collect and research microscopic marine plankton and record heir population and movement in the Pacific. Plankton are the first and most important rung in the oceanic food chain and used by scientists to study the effects of climate change. We thank the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation (SAHFOS) http://www.sahfos.ac.uk/ and Capt. Zeljko Marega and his crew for their valuable support.

#marineresearch #pacificocean #climatechange #aalshipping

‘BUS’INESS AS USUAL FOR AAL!

Enjoy these pictures of newly-built high tech passenger coaches being transported from Xingang (China), to Melbourne (Aus) – aboard our 31,000dwt A-Class vessel, the AAL Hong Kong. The cargo was safely discharged earlier this month in Melbourne – an important port of call on our popular Australia East Coast & New Zealand liner service. ‪#‎aalshipping‬ ‪#‎multipurposeshipping‬ ‪#‎china‬ ‪#‎melbourne‬

AAL WINS ‘BEST SHIPPING LINE – PROJECT CARGO’ FOR 2ND YEAR!

Nominees were shortlisted, the industry voted and yesterday it was announced that AAL had won, for a second year running, the title of ‘Best Shipping Line – Project Cargo’ at The 2015 AFLAS Awards. Organised by freight and logistics publication, ‘Asia Cargo News’, the Awards honor organisations for demonstrating leadership as well as consistency in service quality, innovation, customer relationship management and reliability.

The ceremony was held in Hong Kong on Wednesday June 24, at ‘sky100’ – the highest indoor viewing deck in Hong Kong’s highest building, the International Commerce Centre. This major industry event was attended by the leading figures in Asia’s freight, logistics and supply chain industries. Other nominees in our category included Rickmers Linie and Sarjak Container Lines.

Our Managing Director Kyriacos Panayides, commented, ‘It is extremely satisfying to receive industry recognition for our hard work! We congratulate all our global land and sea-based teams and our partners for contributing to and sharing in this award.’

He added, ‘We thank AFLAS and their esteemed judges for the award and congratulate all the other award winners and nominees on the night.’

http://www.asiacargonews.com/en/news/detail?id=248

AAL JOINS IMO TO CELEBRATE ‘DAY OF THE SEAFARER’ – 25 JUNE 2015

Since 2011, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has officially celebrated the International Day of the Seafarer on 25 June in order to raise awareness of the vital role played by seafarers around the world. This year the campaign is focusing on promoting careers at sea and encouraging young people to think about the rewards and benefits of a career in the maritime industry. At AAL, we’re very pleased to lend our support to the IMO’s #CareerAtSea campaign and hope that you’ll join us in taking a moment to celebrate the valuable contribution made by seafarers worldwide.

As a global heavy lift, breakbulk and project cargo operator, AAL relies upon the skills, experience and dedication of our highly trained crew and shore side personnel. We have the youngest and most innovative fleet in the multipurpose sector and it is extremely important for our business and for our customers that we continue to invest in recruiting and training the highest quality of seafarers and ensuring that they are able to reap all of the rewards of a career at sea. It is not an easy job, but for those willing to work hard and commit themselves to continuous education and training, those with an interest in the world and a thirst for travel, it is effort well spent.

At AAL we are fortunate to have access to fantastic training and crew management through our sister company Columbia Shipmanagement who provide comprehensive cadet training programmes on board our vessels AAL Brisbane and AAL Kembla. Each vessel is equipped with a classroom and usually accommodates eight cadets from across the world, in addition to the regular crew. The cadets’ daily activities and training in navigation techniques are monitored and supervised by a Company Training Master, all of who have served Columbia Shipmanagement for more than 20 years and are now dedicated entirely to training new personnel.

As with previous years, the IMO is encouraging everyone to lend their support and get involved through their social media campaign #CareerAtSea. Personnel across the maritime industry can share inspiring photos of their day on the IMO’s photo wall to show young people how diverse and fulfilling careers in the maritime industry can be, or post a message on their social media platforms. You can learn more about the Day of the Seafarer and how to show your support here.

Feel free to check out our Twitter page or add us on Facebook and join the conversation.

AAL & KUEHNE + NAGEL – GO THE EXTRA MILE (watch the video)

AAL & Kuehne + Nagel recently teamed-up to ship heavy & oversized steel equipment from Shanghai to Everett (US West Coast).
‘Click’ on the image below to WATCH the video of this project.