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PACIFIC PARCELLING: AAL SHIPS GIANT BARGE FROM CHINA TO TAHITI ON MONTHLY ASIA–AMERICAS TRADE LANE


Singapore, Thursday 22nd April 2021Multipurpose and project heavy lift carrier, AAL Shipping (AAL), demonstrated the lifting and cargo intake capability of its mega-size A-Class fleet and parcelling capabilities of its ‘Asia – Americas Trade Lane’ chartering team with the transport of a heavy lift barge from Taicang, China to Papeete, Tahiti. The barge weighed-in on hook at 410t and measured over 53m in length and 3,657 cbm, and was stowed on the 31,000 dwt AAL Dalian with another 29,000 cbm of cargo comprised of large and small parcels loaded in China, South Korea, and Japan to be discharged along the US West Coast and Gulf.

Yahaya Sanusi, Deputy Head of Transport Engineering at AAL, explained; “The barge was designed by Alwena Shipping in France and arranged to be built at the Yangzhou Hairun Shipyard, China. Our own planning for this heavy cargo operation started in September 2020 providing time to analyse technical details of the lift and make pre-preparation recommendations to the customer, like welding special padeyes onto the deck of the barge to facilitate safer lifting by the AAL Dalian’s port side cranes, without the need for lifting beams.”

Floris Schorsch, Managing Director of Martin Bencher France SAS, added; “It was important for us to deliver a high-quality solution for our customer, with a focus on cost control, risk management, and schedule integrity. AAL not only had the cargo expertise we needed but was also active on the transpacific trade with suitable tonnage options. The safe transport of this cargo required a lot of planning and coordination between us, the customer, and AAL. Ultimately, the loading onto the AAL Dalian was well executed and all parties fully satisfied. The barge will eventually be deployed by owner, Travaux Maritimes de Polynesie, in the French Polynesia for civil works.”

Felix Schoeller, General Manager of AAL, concluded; “The Asia to Americas trade is one that we have employed significant resources into developing and have served with a sailing practically every month. With our extensive liner experience, we can put together voyages for large and small parcels of practically any cargo type. This is perfectly evidenced on this sailing, which accommodated steel pipes, containers, large tanks, cooler units and turbines, electrical equipment, a heavy lift dismantled crane, and of course Martin Bencher’s barge – and all at the same time. This type of parcelling means cargoes can be transported faster and with significant economies of scale for every shipper, big or small.”

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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PACIFIC PARCELLING: AAL SHIPS GIANT BARGE FROM CHINA TO TAHITI ON MONTHLY ASIA–AMERICAS TRADE LANE

Singapore, Thursday 22nd April 2021: Multipurpose and project heavy lift carrier, AAL Shipping (AAL), demonstrated the lifting and cargo intake capability of its mega-size A-Class fleet and parcelling capabilities of its ‘Asia – Americas Trade Lane’ chartering team with the transport of a heavy lift barge from Taicang, China to Papeete, Tahiti. The barge weighed-in on hook at 410t and measured over 53m in length and 3,657 cbm, and was stowed on the 31,000 dwt AAL Dalian with another 29,000 cbm of cargo comprised of large and small parcels loaded in China, South Korea, and Japan to be discharged along the US West Coast and Gulf.

Yahaya Sanusi, Deputy Head of Transport Engineering at AAL, explained; “The barge was designed by Alwena Shipping in France and arranged to be built at the Yangzhou Hairun Shipyard, China. Our own planning for this heavy cargo operation started in September 2020 providing time to analyse technical details of the lift and make pre-preparation recommendations to the customer, like welding special padeyes onto the deck of the barge to facilitate safer lifting by the AAL Dalian’s port side cranes, without the need for lifting beams.”

Floris Schorsch, Managing Director of Martin Bencher France SAS, added; “It was important for us to deliver a high-quality solution for our customer, with a focus on cost control, risk management, and schedule integrity. AAL not only had the cargo expertise we needed but was also active on the transpacific trade with suitable tonnage options. The safe transport of this cargo required a lot of planning and coordination between us, the customer, and AAL. Ultimately, the loading onto the AAL Dalian was well executed and all parties fully satisfied. The barge will eventually be deployed by owner, Travaux Maritimes de Polynesie, in the French Polynesia for civil works.”

Felix Schoeller, General Manager of AAL, concluded; “The Asia to Americas trade is one that we have employed significant resources into developing and have served with a sailing practically every month. With our extensive liner experience, we can put together voyages for large and small parcels of practically any cargo type. This is perfectly evidenced on this sailing, which accommodated steel pipes, containers, large tanks, cooler units and turbines, electrical equipment, a heavy lift dismantled crane, and of course Martin Bencher’s barge – and all at the same time. This type of parcelling means cargoes can be transported faster and with significant economies of scale for every shipper, big or small.”

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.