Leading multipurpose heavy lift operator AAL has completed a series of shipments to Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) of an innovative ‘mobile’ grain shiploader to be installed at the Port’s Pacific Terminal run by Canada’s largest grain handler Viterra. The largest component was over 66m long and weighed 250mt and, once assembled and operational, will increase the Terminal’s shipping capacity and allow for the loading of post-Panamax sized vessels.
The shiploader was transported from China along AAL’s Pacific Service between Asia and North America and aboard its 31, 000 dwt A-Class vessel, the AAL Singapore. Responsible for logistics and planning was Ontario-based Convoy Logistics Providers Ltd. (CLP), appointed by bulk material systems expert EMS-TECH who designed and commissioned the shiploader.
Felix Schoeller, General Manager of AAL’s Pacific Liner Service, explained, ‘The cargo comprised of a newly manufactured shiploader, dock conveyor and transfer tower – part of a wider infrastructure development that will boost grain throughput by millions of tonnes a year. The delivery of this crucial parcel in such an important project underscores our credentials as a service provider and ability to support major North American projects with optimum safety, efficiency and timely delivery.’
Dona Asciak, CEO and owner of CLP added, ‘After almost a year of planning, there’s a great sense of accomplishment when you execute a well-planned logistics solution for your customer from ‘stem to stern’ and it proves successful and furthers their interests. We are proud to be involved in this project for EMS-TECH, during such an exciting stage of expansion for Viterra Pacific elevators at the Pacific Terminal.’
AAL is one of the world’s leading breakbulk, project cargo and heavy lift shipping operators, providing a unique dual tramp and liner service for its customers throughout Asia, Europe, Middle East and the Americas. Established in 1995, the company operates the multipurpose sector’s youngest fleet – multiple classes of modern multipurpose heavy lift vessels (ranging from 12, 000, to 31, 000 dwt) and each specifically designed to accommodate heavy lift and project cargo alongside breakbulk, containers and bulk.
In 2015, it launched an international cooperation with highly respected shipping company, Peter Döhle, to offer enhanced tramp & projects solutions to the global market and new semi-liner services on key global trades. In the same year, AAL won ‘Best Shipping Line – Project Cargo’ at the prestigious Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) Awards for the second year running and in 2014 won ‘Best Maritime Cargo Provider’ at Cargo Logistics Canada.
The award-winning operator is headquartered in Singapore and is a member of Schoeller Holdings, a long-standing and highly respected maritime group. For more information, visit: www.aalshipping.com
About Convoy Logistics Providers (CLP) Ltd.
Convoy Logistics Providers (CLP) Ltd. is a privately held Canadian Corporation. Since 2002, it has provided global project logistics solutions to customers within the niche project cargo sector. CLP’s focus is to build long-lasting customer relationships based upon the provision of innovative solutions – developed with confidence and proven reliability. For more information, visit: www.convoylogistics.ca