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AAL AND UNITED SALVAGE WIN TOP AWARD FOR TASMANIA TUG SALVAGE OPERATION AT 2022 AUSTRALIAN SHIPPING & MARITIME INDUSTRY AWARDS

The pair were recognised in the Bulk & Specialised Shipping category for their partnership on a tug recovery operation in Devonport, Tasmania, this year

Singapore, 18 November 2022: AAL Shipping (AAL) has been named joint winner in the DCN Australian Shipping and Maritime Industry awards 2022, together with partner United Salvage, for their collaboration on the complex retrieval of two sunken tugs from the Mersey River in Devonport, Tasmania.

The Bulk & Specialised Shipping trophy was given in recognition of the pair’s combined efforts in recovering the tugs, weighing 420 tonnes and 455 tonnes respectively, which had been sunk by a cement carrier at the start of the year.

AAL’s 31,000DWT 700-tonne heavy lift vessel, the AAL Melbourne, was enlisted for the lifting operation and onward shipment of the tugs to Brisbane after previous salvage attempts were unsuccessful.

Following months of careful planning and modelling, and collaboration with key stakeholders including United Salvage, TasPorts, and cargo insurers, the recovery was completed in August.

Guests at the Awards, held in Melbourne last week, heard that in January 2022 two tugs in the port of Devonport were sunk after being hit by a cement carrier, creating a major environmental and pollution hazard, as well as blocking normal port operations and vessel movement.

AAL Shipping’s heavy lift vessel the AAL Melbourne – and United Salvage as the salvage and environmental support specialist – worked in tandem with various stakeholders including TasPorts to complete an intensive oil spill recovery followed by a complex salvage operation of the two sunken tugs.

“This win recognises the impressive and determined combined efforts of AAL and United Salvage in completing one of the Australia’s most complex salvage operations,” said Frank Mueller, General Manager, AAL Australia.

“United Salvage originally planned to use a floating crane and barge to recover these tugs, however, once we demonstrated that our A-Class vessel could not only recover the tugs but also transport them back up the East Coast for delivery to Brisbane, it was clear that AAL would be the perfect partner.”

The award was accepted by Drew Shannon, Managing Director, United Salvage, Melwyn Noronha, Chief Executive Officer of Shipping Australia and one of the judges on the panel during the awards ceremony in Melbourne, Australia.

The Bulk & Specialised Shipping award is open to all sectors involved in the process chain that handle bulk, breakbulk and project heavy lift cargoes.

FLEET EXPANSION DELIVERS 90% CONTROL OF AAL FLEET

First photo: 25,800 dwt ‘G-Class’ vessel.
Second photo: 33,000 dwt ‘W-Class’ vessel.

AAL Shipping (AAL) has added further vessels to its owned multipurpose cargo vessel (MPV) fleet. This month saw the delivery of the 2010 ‘AAL Gunsan’ (ex-BBC America) and her sister vessel, the 2009 ‘AAL Geelong’ (ex-BBC Valparaiso) – the latter taken over a few months ago. These are the last of four 25,800 deadweight (DWT) multipurpose heavy lift sister vessels (classified by AAL as G-class) secured through an acquisition transaction penned back in 2021 by AAL / Schoeller Holdings Group.

During the Summer, the AAL / Schoeller Holdings Group further acquired the ‘AAL Moon’ – a 33,000 DWT multipurpose vessel built in 2010 (classified by AAL as W-Class) and having previously served within the AAL fleet under commercial management since 2017.

Kyriacos Panayides, CEO of AAL, explained, ‘These acquisitions are perfectly in line with our continued fleet strategy to employ large MPVs which, through their significant cargo intake volumes, offer our shippers greater economies of scale on every sailing. Indeed, AAL is one of the leading ‘large tonnage’ MPV operators in the market.’

He added, ‘They also expand our multipurpose operating fleet to 864,800dwt, of which 90% is now fully controlled by AAL / Schoeller Holdings Group. This authority that AAL has over its operating fleet is important to the long-term sustainable expansion and deployment of our vessels; the strengthening of our global service model; and the frequency and flexibility demanded by our diverse global customer base. The vessels are being positioned across the world, in service of our monthly liner, regular trade lane and tramp chartering operations.’

Despite a challenging 18 months of global market upheaval due to COVID, the container boom and geo-political unrest, AAL has remained steadfast in support of its traditional breakbulk and multipurpose cargo customers – adding tonnage to, and improving frequency on, its core global trade lanes between the Americas, Africa, Europe, Middle East, India, Asia, and Oceania. In 2022, AAL has been recognized for its service by the multipurpose shipping community through two prestigious global carrier awards – ‘Ship Operator of the Year 2022’ at the Heavy Lift Awards and ‘Best Shipping Line – Project Cargo’ at the AFLAS Awards.

AAL AMERICAS BOOSTS TEAM & LOCAL SERVICE

AAL is strengthening its Americas division with several appointments to key positions over the past few months. These comprise the promotion of Henrik Hansen to General Manager; recruitment of highly experienced local MPP commercial executive, Jacqueline Berry to Sales Manager; elevation of Christian Johnson to Regional Operations Manager and hiring of Texas A&M University Maritime Administration graduate, Grant Leal, as Voyage Operator. These latest appointments will boost the US team’s service capability, as it handles regular sailings and cargoes through the region.

Newly appointed General Manager, Henrik Hansen, explained, ‘The Americas is an important market for AAL and our global customer base, and we have had a presence in the region for almost a decade. Today, we are operating regular sailings between the US, Europe and Asia and the reputation of AAL amongst local customers who represent multiple industry sectors has grown exponentially, and we have repaid their trust with a consistent multipurpose cargo service through the region, despite all market challenges.’

Felix Schoeller, Commercial Director of AAL added, ‘Having one of the most advanced fleets in the breakbulk and project heavy lift sector is all well and good, but it needs to be managed and operated by top people at every level. This year, AAL has won the sector’s top global carrier awards – given primarily by our peers for unrelenting commitment to service. Our excellent US team reflects that charter, to being the very best we can be and going the extra mile for our customers and partners.’

He concluded, ‘Only last month, we attended Breakbulk Americas 2022 in Houston and were delighted to engage with so many of our customers and contacts. We are committed to the region for the long term and are looking forward to developing this market further.’

AAL CROWNED ‘SHIP OPERATOR OF THE YEAR​​​​ 2022′

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

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

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

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

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

See also AAL TRIUMPHS AGAIN AT 2022 AFLAS AWARDS!

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

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 WINS ‘BEST SHIPPING LINE 2019’ AT HEAVY LIFT AWARDS

Tuesday 14 October in Antwerp: AAL beats off stiff competition from the world’s top carriers to WIN top honors ‘Shipping Line of the Year 2019’ at the inaugural Heavy Lift Awards, organised by HLPFI. Congratulations to everyone involved in a great night for the company and to all those working for AAL worldwide, on land and sea!

This latest honour for AAL comes in the same year that we beat stiff competition to retain the Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Award (AFLAS), ‘Best Shipping Line – Project Cargo’, that was presented in Hong Kong.