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.”


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


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!


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
T: + 39 010 806 0836
F: + 39 010 893 5914
E: infor@owc-italia.com


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


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


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


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


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.’



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.


AAL has expanded the ‘Pacific Service’ route to include the British Columbia Port of Prince Rupert. Our inaugural sailing into the Canadian port on May 10 2015 featured the AAL Brisbane, with a cargo of process units for a major new oil sands project in Alberta.

The Port, with its newly established road and rail links, has emerged as an important new gateway for project cargo imports to the oil-rich mining area of Alberta, Canada, and the wider Pacific North West. Our monthly Pacific Service will now be making regular, scheduled calls at the Port, placing AAL in a strong position to best serve major mining, energy and other projects in the region.

Felix Schoeller, General Manager of our Pacific Service, commented: “This expansion provides our oil & gas customers with far greater access to Northern Alberta mining projects. By expanding this liner route and port network across the Pacific North West, we multiply our customers’ options and choice – ultimately impacting on the efficiency, delivery and overall competitiveness of their projects.”


The AAL & Peter Döhle cooperation got off to a great start, when successfully launched to the global market at the Breakbulk Europe Expo. in Antwerp in May 2015. The two companies and their respective management teams, combined forces to deliver messages of quality and efficiency to visiting delegates from all over the world, through two impressive and jointly branded exhibition stands – one strategically located at the entrance to Hall No.4.

Joint proceedings kicked-off on the 19th of May with a formal pre-expo dinner reception, for invited AAL & Peter Döhle guests, at the exclusive central Antwerp venue of ‘9Beaufort’ – located on the panoramic ninth floor of the historic MAS Museum. The evening proved to be one of the highlights of the Expo for guests (including customers, associates and media representatives) and featured speeches and toasts by AAL’s Kyriacos Panayides and Namir Khanbabi and Peter Döhle’s John Jensen. The positive reception to the new cooperation – received at the dinner – was echoed over the next 2 days of the expo from all corners of the market.

AAL & Peter Döhle – having just launched their cooperation, to offer a new dimension in multipurpose tramp & projects solutions to the global market – have planned further joint activity in 2015, to be announced very soon.


Today, we officially announced the launch of a new global cooperation with Peter Döhle. From June onwards, we will share our 80 years combined experience, resources and hardware across the world with Peter Döhle, to offer joint tramp & project services to the global market in an aim to deliver even higher levels of efficiency, care and competitive advantage to our customers.

Our organisations will remain independent of each other, with separate ownership, operations and identities. Instead, across a number of key trades between Asia, Europe and the Americas, we will deploy and jointly represent the market’s youngest fleet of 26 multi-purpose heavy-lift vessels and provide tailor-made tramp and project solutions to major industry sectors.

Our MD, Kyriacos Panayides, commented, “With Peter Döhle, we share those synergies that are crucial ingredients in building a long and mutually beneficial relationship, namely: our shared multipurpose sector expertise; our aligned ethics & culture; our service philosophy and our ambition for the sustainable growth & success of our respective organisations.

‘We will combine our resources, teams and hardware to create a dynamic and competitive presence in the global multipurpose market, enabling us to not only meet the needs of our growing customer base, but to also become the preferred carrier for major new projects.’

AAL will share operational responsibilities with Peter Döhle – with AAL handling operations East of Suez and the Americas and Peter Döhle overseeing activity in Europe and Africa. Our combined fleet of owned and chartered-in tonnage features seven modern and highly diverse classes of multipurpose heavy lift vessels – ranging from 12,000, to 31,000 dwt – and offering optimal lift and space and the highest levels of equipment specification.

We will be jointly exhibiting at the Breakbulk Europe Expo 2015 taking place in Antwerp between 20-21 May 2015, on stand no. 503H4.


The AAL Hong Kong pictured during a scheduled loading in Picton (Marlborough, NZ), on Friday 24th April 2015 – as part of our AAL Liner Services’: Australia East Coast & New Zealand Service,

Thank-you to AAL Line Manager, Mauro Capano and our local NZ Agents – Cargo Concepts Ltd – for the picture.


AAL Galveston has joined AAL’s fleet on long-term time charter, to add capacity to its Tramp and Projects division – providing worldwide trade for customers, with a specific focus on EU and US trades.

Namir Khanbabi, Managing Director of AAL’s Tramp and Projects Division said, “The AAL Galveston increases our service capabilities and options, in support of a highly diversified customer base and our strategy to continue to build it even further,”

AAL Galveston is a multipurpose, heavy lift ‘Super A-Class’ vessel, which AAL has re-classified under its own fleet classification criteria, to ‘G-Class’. At 160 meters in length and 25,800 dwt, she is highly versatile and robust, with a combined lifting capacity of 240 mt and large, strengthened cargo holds.

Khanbabi added, “We have seen growth in some core industry sectors, particularly renewables, where logistics challenges have become greater – as components get larger and more complex to transport – and ports of loading and discharge more globally widespread. These factors demand solutions than can ensure cargo safety and project efficiency – expertise which AAL has a 20-year reputation of providing.”

AAL Plans Major 20th Anniversary Celebrations at Breakbulk China 2015

Surprises and numerous on-stand customer activities have been promised by the AAL Marketing team, ahead of the global operator’s exhibition at China Breakbulk 2015 in Shanghai on 19 & 20th March – Booth #802. These celebrations mark the 20-year anniversary of AAL – a milestone it hopes to share with its customers and stakeholders all over the world.

To be held at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center, Hall 3 – Breakbulk China is the largest conference & exhibition in Asia addressing the needs of traditional breakbulk and project cargo logisticians.

Re-Branding For Growth – AAL Unveils New Website

As you all know, AAL is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, for which the company has planned and is executing a number of exciting activities for customers and associates through the year. In addition, the company has undertaken a wide reaching strategic re-branding exercise, to better mirror its further global growth ambitions – everything from a revised brand positioning and slogan, to re-designed promotional material and vessel livery. Important elements of this project have been the development of this innovative new website and a new animated 2015 corporate movie.

Our MD, Kyriacos Panayides, explained, ‘Putting customers at the heart of our business and building trustworthy and long-term partnerships with them is fundamental to our new strategy. Therefore, we are creating new levels of transparency and communication – with new tools – to better deliver our messages of quality, service commitment and ambition to our audiences. And so, today we proudly launch two new and highly important interactive media: a new corporate website and 2015 animated film at www.aalshipping.com.

‘We encourage everyone to visit our new website, watch our animated short film and engage with our social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn. Going forward, our company activity, news and events will be disseminated through all these channels, as well as other mass media.’

AAL Wins Another Industry Award – This Time in Canada

AAL was named ‘Best Maritime Cargo Provider 2014’ at the 2015 Cargo Logistics Canada Awards of Excellence, held in Vancouver as part of the Cargo Logistics Canada Expo & Conference. The award win follows a sustained 2-year period of investment and development for AAL in the Pacific region, which in 2014 saw the establishment of the Pacific Service.

On the same day that AAL received the award, it also celebrated the inaugural call of AAL Singapore, an A-Class 31,000mt dwt, 2nd generation multipurpose heavy lift vessel at the Squamish Terminals, British Columbia. The vessel and crew successfully loaded a major consignment of pulp at Squamish Terminals (a deep-water breakbulk terminal located at the north end of Howe Sound – 32 nautical miles north of the Port of Vancouver), before continuing its regular North Asia – North America West Coast liner schedule.

Felix Schoeller, Line Manager of the Pacific Service, commented: “As we celebrate our 20th year of operating, we are honoured to have been recognised by the CLC Awards of Excellence and remain firmly committed to developing our services across North America and the Pacific. It is an important region for our customers and we are seeing increased growth and demand for our unique offering. In providing both liner and dedicated tramp sailings, we offer customers efficient, trustworthy and highly flexible transportation solutions – wherever and whenever they need them and at the right price.”

AAL Management Strengthened

Schoeller Holdings has demonstrated its ongoing support of AAL, with the relocation of Kyriacos Panayides from the Group’s headquarters in Cyprus, to Singapore, to take up the position of Managing Director. Kyriacos has been involved with AAL since its inception in 1995, holding a seat on the Board of Directors. A staunch advocate for growth and with 25 years experience within the shipping and maritime industry, Kyriacos will oversee AAL’s next stage of business development.

He commented, ‘My focus will be on the corporate side of the business; ensuring that our management systems and infrastructure are in line with our growth plans and that our profile is enhanced further with key industry and company stakeholders. We will continue to embrace the dynamic and entrepreneurial approach to business that defines us and seek-out lucrative and sustainable opportunities for our own and our customers’ businesses.’

He concluded by saying, ‘Christophe Grammare and Namir Khanbabi will continue their valuable work as Managing Directors of the Liner Services and Tramp & Projects divisions, respectively. They will focus on our operations and the quality of our customer services – making sure that AAL continues to meet both customer needs and our business objectives.’

Low Sulphur Surcharge (LSS) to be Introduced 1 Jan 2015

Effective 1 January 2015, an international directive from the environmental protection convention, MARPOL, mandates that vessels trading within specific Emission Control Areas (ECAS) must ensure a maximum sulphur omission of no more than 0.10%.

At AAL, we fully support this legislation and the industry’s wider efforts to protect the environment in which we live and serve. Accordingly, from 1 January 2015, all AAL vessels in the ECAS region will run on higher cost Marine Gas Oil (MGO) and a requisite Low Sulphur Surcharge (LSS) added to relevant freight charges, to help meet increased costs involved:

AAL Low Sulphur Surcharge (LSS) – Valid as of 1 January 2015
Eastbound Voyages: USD 2.97 per RT
Westbound Voyages: USD 0.95 per RT

The introduction of the LSS will impact our Pacific Service trading route along the US / Canadian West Coast (see route map below) and the first sailings to feature the new surcharge will be the Eastbound sailing of the AAL Brisbane 501E and the Westbound sailing of the AAL Singapore 411W.

Our Pacific Service Trade Management Team is on hand to provide any further information, or assistance, that you require and we thank-you in advance for your understanding and continued support of AAL.