The global ocean carrier has again been recognised for its scheduled liner, regular trade lane and tailor-made tramp chartering services to project heavy lift and breakbulk customers over the past 12 months despite ongoing market challenges
AAL Shipping (AAL) has been named the ‘Ship Operator of the Year’ at the annual Heavy Lift and Project Forwarding International (HLPFI) Awards night, held in Hamburg, Germany on Thursday 22nd September.
AAL has remained committed to its project cargo customers over the past year, rerouting vessels, and adding capacity to its busiest services to bring shippers more choice regularity.
“We’re incredibly committed to meeting the needs of our customers, and to be recognised with this award for a second time is a testament to our dedication in this endeavour,” said John Pittalis, Marketing & Communications Manager, AAL.
“We will continue to strive to be the carrier of choice, as we push forward with multiple projects to not only enhance our service offering but also to drive the sustainability of our operations for the benefit of the entire sector.”
Judges were looking for a carrier that has demonstrated its ability to efficiently support the movement by sea of heavy and oversize project cargoes over the past 12 months, demonstrating in particular the ability to adapt to challenging market conditions and the changing needs of customers.
AAL has continued to prioritise breakbulk and project customers despite sharp growth in the container market within the MPP sector.
The last 12 months has also seen AAL acquire more than eight second-hand vessels and order six 32,000 dwt heavy lift ‘Super B-Class’ vessels, designed by its in-house engineers.
The ‘Super B-Class’ vessels break new ground in MPP ship design and technologies, to optimise seafarer wellbeing as well cargo intake, while also running on dual-fuel engines, ready to harness new, greener fuels and support AAL’s charter to be a frontrunner for more sustainable shipping solutions.
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.