Pictured are modules for a state of the art heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) and destined for the Beni Suef power plant in Egypt, being loaded aboard the AAL Dalian in South Korea. Commissioned by global logistics provider the LPL Group, this is the first of a series of cargo shipments that AAL will undertake between Asia and the Red Sea for the Siemen’s Megaproject in Egypt — a project that includes the development of three 4.8 gigawatt turnkey combined power plants in Beni Suef, Burullus and New Capital.

Namir Khanbabi, Managing Director of AAL’s Tramp & Projects Division, explained, “This is an incredibly important project for Siemens and indeed Egypt — one that will boost power generation capacity for the country by 50%, to 16.4 gigawatts. Accordingly, we are providing Siemens with a comprehensive and dedicated solution that involves four of our owned 31,000dwt A-Class vessels being deployed between Asia and the Red Sea.

“The commitment of this best-in-class tonnage provides Siemens with the guaranteed capacity, bi-monthly schedule integrity and port call flexibility it needs to meet its logistics and time objectives. It also gives our other multipurpose and heavy lift customers around the world a regular and highly flexible semi-liner service:Asia – Red Sea – Asia.”

AAL’s ‘ASIA - RED SEA – ASIA Semi-Liner Service’ strengthens the operator’s growing tramp and projects capabilities between the Middle East and the region’s key trade partners. AAL already operates ‘EU – ME – ASIA’ and ‘GULF – ASIA’ Semi-Liner Services. These services harness the world’s youngest multipurpose fleet — seven classes of flexible multipurpose tonnage, designed to safely and efficiently load and transport heavy lift project and breakbulk cargo, alongside dry bulk.


AAL is one of the world’s leading breakbulk, project cargo and heavy lift shipping operators, providing a unique dual tramp and liner service for its customers throughout Asia, Europe, Middle East and the Americas. Established in 1995, the company operates the multipurpose sector’s youngest fleet — multiple classes of modern multipurpose heavy lift vessels (ranging from 12,000, to 31,000dwt) and each specifically designed to accommodate heavy lift and project cargo alongside breakbulk, containers and bulk.

In 2014, AAL won ‘Best Maritime Cargo Provider’ at Cargo Logistics Canada. In 2015, it launched an international co-operation with Peter Do¨hle, to offer enhanced global tramp & projects solutions and new semi-liner services on key global trades. In the same year, AAL won ‘Best Shipping Line — Project Cargo’ at the Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards (AFLAS) for a second year running and then repeated its success for an unprecedented third win in 2016.

The award-winning operator is headquartered in Singapore and is a member of Schoeller Holdings, a long-standing and highly respected maritime group.