AAL, one of the world’s leading global breakbulk, project cargo and heavy lift shipping operators, today announced that AAL Galveston will join its fleet on long-term time charter and add capacity to its Tramp and Projects division; providing worldwide trade for customers, with a specific focus on EU and US trades.
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. This latest long-term charter for AAL follows a recent announcement that it will grow its fleet to over 500, 000 dwt in 2015; a fleet that is already the youngest and most advanced in the breakbulk sector.
“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, ” said Namir Khanbabi, Managing Director of AAL’s Tramp and Projects Division.
“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 is one of the world’s leading global breakbulk, project cargo and heavy lift shipping operators, providing a unique dual tramp and liner service for its customers throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas. Established in 1995, the company operates the youngest fleet in the multipurpose (MPP) sector, comprising of owned vessels as well as chartered-in tonnage, all specifically designed for transporting heavy lift and project cargoes, traditional breakbulk, earth moving equipment, wind energy and offshore equipment and floating cargo such as boats and yachts.
AAL was named ‘Best Maritime Cargo Provider 2014’ at the 2015 Cargo Logistics Canada Awards of Excellence. The award win follows a sustained two-year period of investment and development for AAL in the Pacific region, which saw the establishment of the Pacific Service in 2014. AAL also won ‘Best Shipping Line – Project Cargo 2014’ at the 2014 Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards (AFSCAs) for demonstrating superiority in quality customer service, flexibility in approach, delivery of cargo at the agreed schedule and damage-free handling of cargo. AAL is headquartered in Singapore and is a member of the Schoeller Group, a reputable name in the maritime industry. www.aalshipping.com