Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A Project Freight Forwarding Shipment to Get the Blood Racing

(and the Electricity Flowing...)
Shipping News Feature
CHINA – AUSTRALIA – As usual nothing gets the blood racing through the veins of a true freight forwarding professional than witnessing the shipment of a large project consignment pass through its various transport modes until successfully delivered on site to a happy customer. Last month, global multipurpose shipping operator, AAL, loaded the mammoth ACC unit pictured in Changshu aboard its versatile S-Class vessel, AAL Nanjing. The 410 tonne unit was booked by Panalpina Worldwide Transport (Energy Solutions) and destined for Port Hedland via the operator’s popular Australia West Coast Liner Service.

South Hedland power station (SHPS) is a 150MW combined-cycle natural gas-fired power generation facility being constructed in the Boodarie Resource Industrial Estate, approximately 13km south of Port Hedland, Western Australia. The project aims to meet the growing demand for electricity in the Pilbara region. Construction of the power station began in February 2015 and the first power is expected in 2017. AAL’s Line Manager, Mauro Capano commented:

"This cargo is part of a major upgrade project of the South Port Hedland Power Station. The physical size and extreme weight of this cargo demanded a very comprehensive heavy lift and stowage plan, executed to a tee by our operations team on the ground. The second unit is loading in Changshu a couple of days before Christmas.”

AAL is a breakbulk, project cargo and heavy lift shipping operator headquartered in Singapore and provides a unique dual tramp and liner service for its customers throughout Asia, Europe, Middle East and the Americas. Established in 1995, the company claims to operate the multipurpose sector’s youngest fleet, seven classes of modern multipurpose heavy lift vessels (ranging from 12,000 dwt, to 31,000 dwt) and each specifically designed to accommodate heavy lift and project cargo alongside breakbulk, containers and bulk.

In 2015, AAL launched an international cooperation with highly respected shipping company, Peter Döhle, to offer enhanced tramp & projects solutions to the global market and new semi-liner services on key global trades. In the same year, AAL won ‘Best Shipping Line – Project Cargo’ at the prestigious Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) Awards for the second year running and in 2014 won ‘Best Maritime Cargo Provider’ at Cargo Logistics Canada.