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AAL Brisbane transported 12,800 Freight Tonnes of heavy lift project cargo from the South Korean ports of Kunsan and Pyeongtaek to Beaumont in Texas.

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AAL TRANSPORTS 12,800 FRT OF VITAL COMPONENTS ON SINGLE SAILING FOR TEXAS LNG PROJECT 


The shipment of LNG cargo included an AGR Absorber that breaks AAL’s record for the heaviest unit ever handled on its Asia-Americas Regular Trade Lane

Singapore, Tuesday 10th October 2023Premium Project Heavy Lift Carrier, AAL Shipping (AAL), this summer executed a complex operation to transport over 12,800 Freight Tonnes (FRT) of heavy lift project cargo from the South Korean ports of Kunsan and Pyeongtaek to Beaumont in Texas – shipped along its in-demand regular ‘Asia to The Americas Trade Lane’ and onboard its 31,000-deadweight heavy lift vessel, the AAL Brisbane. The shipment was part of a major LNG project in the US’s second largest state, Texas.

The high value project cargo will be installed at the LNG facility’s new processing plant. It comprised multiple sized components totalling 12,800 freight tonnes, the largest of which was a 607-metric tonne AGR Absorber that measured just under 39 metres, used to remove H2S, CO2 and other organic sulphurs from raw feed gas. Some of the other large heavy lift units included a 40-metre and 436-metric tonne HP MR Absorber and three Dehydrators, weighing just shy of 200-tonnes each.

Henrik Hansen, General Manager of AAL Americas, commented, “We have a longstanding collaboration with the shippers, having successfully executed several long-haul fixtures for them in the past between Asia and the US Gulf. On this shipment, the largest unit of 607 metric tons was the heaviest piece ever lifted and carried by AAL on our trade lane between Asia and North America.”

He added, “In addition to the heavy lift cargo, this sailing also carried general and project cargoes to other US destinations and for multiple customers representing varied industry sectors. The AAL Brisbane is an A-Class second-generation premium heavy lift vessel, with a lifting capacity of 700 tonnes and cargo intake of 40,000 CBM, and she proved uniquely able to handle this complex shipment.

“From a technical perspective there were multiple challenges and loading such cargo from and discharging to barge is always a precarious process, during which exacting ballast water techniques are deployed to ensure the vessel remains perfectly upright whilst lifting and transferring the largest components. Total time required to discharge in Beaumont was 113 hours, with three and half hours needed just for the largest unit. The operation proved a great success and is down to the dedication of our engineers, ops team and the vessel’s highly experienced crew.”

With an estimated send out capacity of around 18 million tonnes of LNG per year, the facility will create hundreds of direct jobs and enhance US energy security, whilst helping to export clean energy from Texas to the world.

About AAL Shipping

AAL is a leading premium project heavy lift carrier, focused on long-haul project cargo solutions for majors within a wide range of dynamic industry sectors, including oil & gas, mining, energy, construction, and agriculture.

Highly awarded for its services and with over 28 years’ experience, AAL employs heavy lift MPVs with superior cargo intake and heavy-lift capability (max 700mt), offering shippers economies of scale on every sailing. With a sterling reputation for safety, reliability, and customer service, AAL is committed to transparency in its ESG activities and to being as sustainable as possible across all operations, land and sea.

Today, AAL owns and controls the majority of its operating fleet, one of the MPP sector’s largest and youngest, enabling its teams to develop sailings and solutions that best suit customer demands. Its vessels carry any cargo from project heavy lift, breakbulk and dry bulk commodities to general cargo – and all at the same time.

A significant percentage of the AAL fleet is employed across AAL’s monthly Liner Services and regular Trade Lane Services, the latter affording greater port call and scheduling flexibility. These services connect Oceania with Asia, India, Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.

The rest of the fleet delivers worldwide Tramp Chartering Solutions: tailormade sailings for project stakeholders, offered either on a single sailing or on a longer-term basis.

The fleet currently comprises 30 MPP heavy lift vessels and includes its six newbuildings, the ‘Super B-Class’, which will be operational from June 2024.

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

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

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AAL TRANSPORTS 12,800 FRT OF VITAL COMPONENTS ON SINGLE SAILING FOR TEXAS LNG PROJECT

The shipment of LNG cargo included an AGR Absorber that breaks AAL’s record for the heaviest unit ever handled on its Asia-Americas Regular Trade Lane

Singapore, Tuesday 10th October 2023: Premium Project Heavy Lift Carrier, AAL Shipping (AAL), this summer executed a complex operation to transport over 12,800 Freight Tonnes (FRT) of heavy lift project cargo from the South Korean ports of Kunsan and Pyeongtaek to Beaumont in Texas – shipped along its in-demand regular ‘Asia to The Americas Trade Lane’ and onboard its 31,000-deadweight heavy lift vessel, the AAL Brisbane. The shipment was part of a major LNG project in the US’s second largest state, Texas.

The high value project cargo will be installed at the LNG facility’s new processing plant. It comprised multiple sized components totalling 12,800 freight tonnes, the largest of which was a 607-metric tonne AGR Absorber that measured just under 39 metres, used to remove H2S, CO2 and other organic sulphurs from raw feed gas. Some of the other large heavy lift units included a 40-metre and 436-metric tonne HP MR Absorber and three Dehydrators, weighing just shy of 200-tonnes each.

Henrik Hansen, General Manager of AAL Americas, commented, “We have a longstanding collaboration with the shippers, having successfully executed several long-haul fixtures for them in the past between Asia and the US Gulf. On this shipment, the largest unit of 607 metric tons was the heaviest piece ever lifted and carried by AAL on our trade lane between Asia and North America.”

He added, “In addition to the heavy lift cargo, this sailing also carried general and project cargoes to other US destinations and for multiple customers representing varied industry sectors. The AAL Brisbane is an A-Class second-generation premium heavy lift vessel, with a lifting capacity of 700 tonnes and cargo intake of 40,000 CBM, and she proved uniquely able to handle this complex shipment.

“From a technical perspective there were multiple challenges and loading such cargo from and discharging to barge is always a precarious process, during which exacting ballast water techniques are deployed to ensure the vessel remains perfectly upright whilst lifting and transferring the largest components. Total time required to discharge in Beaumont was 113 hours, with three and half hours needed just for the largest unit. The operation proved a great success and is down to the dedication of our engineers, ops team and the vessel’s highly experienced crew.”

With an estimated send out capacity of around 18 million tonnes of LNG per year, the facility will create hundreds of direct jobs and enhance US energy security, whilst helping to export clean energy from Texas to the world.

About AAL Shipping

AAL is a leading premium project heavy lift carrier, focused on long-haul project cargo solutions for majors within a wide range of dynamic industry sectors, including oil & gas, mining, energy, construction, and agriculture.

Highly awarded for its services and with over 28 years’ experience, AAL employs heavy lift MPVs with superior cargo intake and heavy-lift capability (max 700mt), offering shippers economies of scale on every sailing. With a sterling reputation for safety, reliability, and customer service, AAL is committed to transparency in its ESG activities and to being as sustainable as possible across all operations, land and sea.

Today, AAL owns and controls the majority of its operating fleet, one of the MPP sector’s largest and youngest, enabling its teams to develop sailings and solutions that best suit customer demands. Its vessels carry any cargo from project heavy lift, breakbulk and dry bulk commodities to general cargo – and all at the same time.

A significant percentage of the AAL fleet is employed across AAL’s monthly Liner Services and regular Trade Lane Services, the latter affording greater port call and scheduling flexibility. These services connect Oceania with Asia, India, Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.

The rest of the fleet delivers worldwide Tramp Chartering Solutions: tailormade sailings for project stakeholders, offered either on a single sailing or on a longer-term basis.

The fleet currently comprises 30 MPP heavy lift vessels and includes its six newbuildings, the ‘Super B-Class’, which will be operational from June 2024.

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

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

Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.