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AAL SHIPPING HELPS BRING AUSTRALIAN MARITIME HISTORY BACK TO LIFE WITH THE ALMA DOEPEL


Singapore, Thursday 16th December 2021In October, AAL Shipping (AAL) freely donated its operational and engineering expertise to help re-launch a historic Australian sailing ship, the Alma Doepel, a 118-year-old three-masted topsail schooner that was in dry dock for rebuilding, having served the Victoria Community as a youth training vessel with over 4,000 young local cadets to her credit. Approximately AUD $3.5 million and over 80,000 volunteer hours have been spent on returning the Alma Doepel to its former glory, and it is expected to take another two years and AUD $1.5 million to complete the restoration work.

The 31,000-deadweight heavy lift vessel, the AAL Shanghai, was chosen to execute the Alma Doepel operation. She is one of six mega-size MPVs serving the carrier’s ‘Asia to East Coast Australia Monthly Liner Service’ and was calling Melbourne on a southbound journey from North Asia, to discharge a cargo of heavy lift transformers. After discharging her project cargo, she was met by a barge carrying the newly refurbished hull of the Alma Doepel and, using her onboard heavy lift cranes, carefully lifted and manoeuvred the historic ship back to water after an eight-year absence.

The Alma Doepel was built in 1903 to transport goods such as timber, wheat, and jam around the coast of Australia. As part of its rich 118-year history, during the Pacific War she proudly served as a supply vessel to the Australian forces in New Britain (present-day Papua New Guinea). And now, with more history still to be written, the Alma Doepel is the figurehead of a youth development programme to introduce young Victorians to seafaring and help them build resilience and awareness.

“It is very important that as an industry we do what we can to keep Australian maritime history alive. AAL has been part of the Australian shipping community for over 25 years and to have played a role in preserving the Alma Doepel and her legacy was an absolute honour,” said Frank Mueller, General Manager, AAL Australia.

On behalf of the Board of Sail & Adventure Ltd., Restoration Project Director Peter Harris OAM thanked AAL for their assistance and professionalism in returning the Alma Doepel to water.

AAL operates scheduled monthly liner services between Asia and East and West Coast Australia, employing ten young multipurpose heavy lift vessels along its two trade lanes. In 2022, to satisfy a growing demand for its cargo services, AAL will be deploying a further two 19,000 deadweight S-Class heavy lift vessels to its Asia – East Coast Australia Service.

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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AAL SHIPPING HELPS BRING AUSTRALIAN MARITIME HISTORY BACK TO LIFE WITH THE ALMA DOEPEL

Singapore, Thursday 16th December 2021: In October, AAL Shipping (AAL) freely donated its operational and engineering expertise to help re-launch a historic Australian sailing ship, the Alma Doepel, a 118-year-old three-masted topsail schooner that was in dry dock for rebuilding, having served the Victoria Community as a youth training vessel with over 4,000 young local cadets to her credit. Approximately AUD $3.5 million and over 80,000 volunteer hours have been spent on returning the Alma Doepel to its former glory, and it is expected to take another two years and AUD $1.5 million to complete the restoration work.

The 31,000-deadweight heavy lift vessel, the AAL Shanghai, was chosen to execute the Alma Doepel operation. She is one of six mega-size MPVs serving the carrier’s ‘Asia to East Coast Australia Monthly Liner Service’ and was calling Melbourne on a southbound journey from North Asia, to discharge a cargo of heavy lift transformers. After discharging her project cargo, she was met by a barge carrying the newly refurbished hull of the Alma Doepel and, using her onboard heavy lift cranes, carefully lifted and manoeuvred the historic ship back to water after an eight-year absence.

The Alma Doepel was built in 1903 to transport goods such as timber, wheat, and jam around the coast of Australia. As part of its rich 118-year history, during the Pacific War she proudly served as a supply vessel to the Australian forces in New Britain (present-day Papua New Guinea). And now, with more history still to be written, the Alma Doepel is the figurehead of a youth development programme to introduce young Victorians to seafaring and help them build resilience and awareness.

“It is very important that as an industry we do what we can to keep Australian maritime history alive. AAL has been part of the Australian shipping community for over 25 years and to have played a role in preserving the Alma Doepel and her legacy was an absolute honour,” said Frank Mueller, General Manager, AAL Australia.

On behalf of the Board of Sail & Adventure Ltd., Restoration Project Director Peter Harris OAM thanked AAL for their assistance and professionalism in returning the Alma Doepel to water.

AAL operates scheduled monthly liner services between Asia and East and West Coast Australia, employing ten young multipurpose heavy lift vessels along its two trade lanes. In 2022, to satisfy a growing demand for its cargo services, AAL will be deploying a further two 19,000 deadweight S-Class heavy lift vessels to its Asia – East Coast Australia Service.

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

Follow us on FacebookLinkedInTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.