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HANGING WITH THE BUOYS


AAL delivers 680 mt of floating buoys to offshore anchorage in the Persian gulf

Singapore, Tuesday 2nd November 2021The 31,000dwt ‘mega-size’ heavy lift vessel, AAL Kobe, recently transported two heavy lift single-point mooring (SPM) buoys along AAL Shipping’s (AAL) ‘Europe – Middle East / India – Asia Monthly Liner Service’ (EUMEIA), from Jebel Ali in Dubai to offshore anchorage in the Persian Gulf. The buoys each weighed 340 metric tonnes and measured 16.4 x 15.9 x 14 metres. They were transported on behalf of DHL Industrial Projects and enable offshore interconnection with tankers, loading or offloading gas, and liquid products.

As well as the issues of an extremely tight delivery schedule, and offshore wind and visibility considerations at anchorage – when discharging the two buoys in open water – the cargo’s shape and size posed load-spreading challenges for AAL’s engineering team when planning safe stowage on the vessel’s 3,000 square metre weather deck space.

Yahaya Sanusi, Deputy Head of AAL’s Transport Engineering Department, explained, “Planning took six weeks. The operation demanded exacting stowage requirements, including extensive load-spreading calculations, strict protection of filling pipes protruding from the bottom of both units and pin-point positioning by the Master and his crew to ensure optimum load and discharge space. In solution, temporary platforms were designed and constructed for the buoys to sit on, comprising 750mm thick tweendeck panels, additional heavy load platforms (HLPs) and wooden blocks.

He added, “We originally planned to ship only one buoy, so our solution was completely re-designed at some point. Despite this, sea fastening and lifting of both units proved no issue at all and was possible with our ship’s equipment. However, COVID restrictions meant that none of the engineering team could attend discharge, which put pressure on the AAL Kobe’s formidable crew – especially with a constant risk of bad weather offshore. The operation ultimately proved a success and strong collaboration between the engineering team in Singapore, our Project Engineer Monique Haehre at AAL Hamburg, and Columbia Shipmanagement colleagues manning the ‘Performance Optimisation Control Room’ (POCR) facility in Cyprus – whose 24/7 weather routing calculations and prognoses significantly helped sailing efficiency and operational safety.”

Andy Tite, Global Commercial Head, DHL Industrial Projects, concluded, “The close partnerships DHL holds with our carriers is imperative to our safe and effective operational performance. In this instance, AAL completed the operations to the highest standards, which is not only a requirement of DHL but also of our clients. This was all the more impressive as we were placed under some quite considerable pressure due to restrictive timescales and the addition of twice as much cargo as originally booked, AAL responded in a positive and supportive manner. We appreciate greatly their approach technically and operationally, as well as their overall professionalism.”

About AAL Shipping

AAL Shipping (AAL) is a highly awarded breakbulk and project heavy lift carrier with over 25 years’ experience creating and delivering competitive solutions for the world’s most dynamic industry sectors including oil & gas, mining, energy, construction, and agriculture. It is one of the multipurpose shipping sector’s top carriers by total fleet DWT and has a sterling reputation for safety, trust, and customer service.

AAL operates regular sailings on key trade lanes, comprising scheduled monthly liner services connecting Europe, Middle East, Asia and Oceania, frequent sailings through the Americas and tramp chartering solutions to any compass point. We carry all cargo types including project heavy lift, breakbulk, steel, containers and dry bulk commodities – large and small.

We operate one of the sector’s youngest and largest fleets of modern MPP heavy lift vessels. These are designed to load and carry any cargo and at the same time. The fleet comprises a variety of size classes that combine strong heavy-lift capability (700 t max and significant cargo intake volumes (40,000 cbm max). AAL spearheads the ‘mega-size’ MPV segment, with a range of 30,000dwt + tonnage that offer our shippers highly competitive economies of scale on each sailing.

With 11 representative offices on four continents, AAL’s team comprises over 25 different nationalities and 35 spoken languages, ensuring a local 24/7 service in key trading hubs and in support of major trade lanes globally.

For further information on AAL and its services, visit www.aalshipping.com or email marketing@aalshipping.com

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HANGING WITH THE BUOYS

AAL delivers 680 mt of floating buoys to offshore anchorage in the Persian gulf

Singapore, Tuesday 2nd November 2021The 31,000dwt ‘mega-size’ heavy lift vessel, AAL Kobe, recently transported two heavy lift single-point mooring (SPM) buoys along AAL Shipping’s (AAL) ‘Europe – Middle East / India – Asia Monthly Liner Service’ (EUMEIA), from Jebel Ali in Dubai to offshore anchorage in the Persian Gulf. The buoys each weighed 340 metric tonnes and measured 16.4 x 15.9 x 14 metres. They were transported on behalf of DHL Industrial Projects and enable offshore interconnection with tankers, loading or offloading gas, and liquid products.

As well as the issues of an extremely tight delivery schedule, and offshore wind and visibility considerations at anchorage – when discharging the two buoys in open water – the cargo’s shape and size posed load-spreading challenges for AAL’s engineering team when planning safe stowage on the vessel’s 3,000 square metre weather deck space.

Yahaya Sanusi, Deputy Head of AAL’s Transport Engineering Department, explained,

“Planning took six weeks. The operation demanded exacting stowage requirements, including extensive load-spreading calculations, strict protection of filling pipes protruding from the bottom of both units and pin-point positioning by the Master and his crew to ensure optimum load and discharge space. In solution, temporary platforms were designed and constructed for the buoys to sit on, comprising 750mm thick tweendeck panels, additional heavy load platforms (HLPs) and wooden blocks.

He added, “We originally planned to ship only one buoy, so our solution was completely re-designed at some point. Despite this, sea fastening and lifting of both units proved no issue at all and was possible with our ship’s equipment. However, COVID restrictions meant that none of the engineering team could attend discharge, which put pressure on the AAL Kobe’s formidable crew – especially with a constant risk of bad weather offshore. The operation ultimately proved a success and strong collaboration between the engineering team in Singapore, our Project Engineer Monique Haehre at AAL Hamburg, and Columbia Shipmanagement colleagues manning the ‘Performance Optimisation Control Room’ (POCR) facility in Cyprus – whose 24/7 weather routing calculations and prognoses significantly helped sailing efficiency and operational safety.”

Andy Tite, Global Commercial Head, DHL Industrial Projects, concluded, “The close partnerships DHL holds with our carriers is imperative to our safe and effective operational performance. In this instance, AAL completed the operations to the highest standards, which is not only a requirement of DHL but also of our clients. This was all the more impressive as we were placed under some quite considerable pressure due to restrictive timescales and the addition of twice as much cargo as originally booked, AAL responded in a positive and supportive manner. We appreciate greatly their approach technically and operationally, as well as their overall professionalism.”

About AAL Shipping

AAL Shipping (AAL) is a highly awarded breakbulk and project heavy lift carrier with over 25 years’ experience creating and delivering competitive solutions for the world’s most dynamic industry sectors including oil & gas, mining, energy, construction, and agriculture. It is one of the multipurpose shipping sector’s top carriers by total fleet DWT and has a sterling reputation for safety, trust, and customer service.

AAL operates regular sailings on key trade lanes, comprising scheduled monthly liner services connecting Europe, Middle East, Asia and Oceania, frequent sailings through the Americas and tramp chartering solutions to any compass point. We carry all cargo types including project heavy lift, breakbulk, steel, containers and dry bulk commodities – large and small.

We operate one of the sector’s youngest and largest fleets of modern MPP heavy lift vessels. These are designed to load and carry any cargo and at the same time. The fleet comprises a variety of size classes that combine strong heavy-lift capability (700 t max and significant cargo intake volumes (40,000 cbm max). AAL spearheads the ‘mega-size’ MPV segment, with a range of 30,000dwt + tonnage that offer our shippers highly competitive economies of scale on each sailing.

With 11 representative offices on four continents, AAL’s team comprises over 25 different nationalities and 35 spoken languages, ensuring a local 24/7 service in key trading hubs and in support of major trade lanes globally.

For further information on AAL and its services, visit www.aalshipping.com or email marketing@aalshipping.com

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