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AAL TRANSPORTS CRITICAL POWER STATION COMPONENTS FROM ASIA TO AUSTRALIA TO FACILITATE USD200 MILLION REPAIR PROJECT


Singapore, Tuesday 11th July 2023: AAL Shipping (AAL) recently completed the successful transportation of critical Toshiba-built power station components on a single shipment from China and Japan to Queensland, Australia. The units were carried for global logistics provider DB Schenker and are to be used in the repair of the Callide Power Station as part of a USD200 million project to fix damaged turbines and return one of Queensland’s newest and most vital coal-fired power plants to full capacity, after failures had resulted in mass power outages from the NSW border to the north of Cairns.

AAL was selected for the project due to its long-standing relationship with DB Schenker, history of strong performance on Toshiba cargoes, and the reliability of AAL’s monthly ‘Asia-East Coast Australia Liner Service’ on which this latest cargo was shipped.

Initially consisting of a 270-tonne transformer and 600CBM of accessories, the cargo was loaded onto AAL’s 31,000 deadweight mega-size A-Class heavy lift MPV ‘AAL Singapore’ in the Port of Shanghai and was due to be discharged at the Port of Gladstone in Queensland, with the transformer offloaded to barge and then transported to shore.

“Whilst loading the transformer in China and before her sailing to Gladstone, our client requested if the AAL Singapore could deviate to Yokohama in Japan and load other critical accessories for the same project, which we were happy to do. AAL was then further engaged to harness our vessel’s heavy lift cranes and transfer a large 276-tonne generator stator from wharf laydown to a waiting barge, which we again executed seamlessly,” said Chris Yabsley, Chartering Manager, AAL Australia.

“This project illustrates how, with cooperation, flexibility, and trust between carrier and customer, we can deliver significant value beyond the initial project scope. The challenges we faced were the complex heavy lift operations themselves, shore-ship transfers, and making all critical delivery dates to meet barge, tide, and local authority deadlines. Discharge could also only take place during daylight hours as both the transformer and generator stator had to be perfectly positioned by our cranes onto Self Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMT) waiting on the barge.”

He concluded, “All these components were then transported via road to the Callide Power Station in central Queensland for the final 100 kilometres of their journey, having travelled a total distance of nearly 9,000 kilometres. The project was completed on time and without issue, to ensure vital works at the power station can go ahead without delay.”

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 CRITICAL POWER STATION COMPONENTS FROM ASIA TO AUSTRALIA TO FACILITATE USD200 MILLION REPAIR PROJECT

Singapore, Tuesday 11th July 2023: AAL Shipping (AAL) recently completed the successful transportation of critical Toshiba-built power station components on a single shipment from China and Japan to Queensland, Australia. The units were carried for global logistics provider DB Schenker and are to be used in the repair of the Callide Power Station as part of a USD200 million project to fix damaged turbines and return one of Queensland’s newest and most vital coal-fired power plants to full capacity, after failures had resulted in mass power outages from the NSW border to the north of Cairns.

AAL was selected for the project due to its long-standing relationship with DB Schenker, history of strong performance on Toshiba cargoes, and the reliability of AAL’s monthly ‘Asia-East Coast Australia Liner Service’ on which this latest cargo was shipped.

Initially consisting of a 270-tonne transformer and 600CBM of accessories, the cargo was loaded onto AAL’s 31,000 deadweight mega-size A-Class heavy lift MPV ‘AAL Singapore’ in the Port of Shanghai and was due to be discharged at the Port of Gladstone in Queensland, with the transformer offloaded to barge and then transported to shore.

“Whilst loading the transformer in China and before her sailing to Gladstone, our client requested if the AAL Singapore could deviate to Yokohama in Japan and load other critical accessories for the same project, which we were happy to do. AAL was then further engaged to harness our vessel’s heavy lift cranes and transfer a large 276-tonne generator stator from wharf laydown to a waiting barge, which we again executed seamlessly,” said Chris Yabsley, Chartering Manager, AAL Australia.

“This project illustrates how, with cooperation, flexibility, and trust between carrier and customer, we can deliver significant value beyond the initial project scope. The challenges we faced were the complex heavy lift operations themselves, shore-ship transfers, and making all critical delivery dates to meet barge, tide, and local authority deadlines. Discharge could also only take place during daylight hours as both the transformer and generator stator had to be perfectly positioned by our cranes onto Self Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMT) waiting on the barge.”

He concluded, “All these components were then transported via road to the Callide Power Station in central Queensland for the final 100 kilometres of their journey, having travelled a total distance of nearly 9,000 kilometres. The project was completed on time and without issue, to ensure vital works at the power station can go ahead without delay.”

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.