Thursday, October 22, 2015

Heavy Lift and Project Shipping Cooperation Extends its Range

Multipurpose Vessels to be Employed by Italian Agency
Shipping News Feature
ITALY – SINGAPORE – GERMANY – Having launched a cooperation in May of this year between themselves to combine talents on multipurpose tramp and project shipping matters, Singapore based AAL (formerly AustralAsia Line) and Hamburg headquartered Peter Döhle are now to operate in Italy via the services of Genoa-based shipping company, OceanWise Corp (OWC), which will act as commercial agents for the pair. OWC will be able to harness the two operators’ combined fleet of seven classes of modern multipurpose heavy lift vessels, ranging from 12,000 to 31,000 dwt.

Based in Genoa, newly-established OWC will provide customers in Italy and wider Europe with tailor-made tramp and projects solutions to all trading points around the world. With the combined 80 years technical expertise and know-how of AAL & Peter Döhle, the group say they will offer operational and cost efficiencies, as well as the highest standards of health and safety. Commenting on the development, Namir Khanbabi, Managing Director of AAL’s Tramp & Projects Division, said:

“The launch of this new operation in Italy is testament to the ambitions of the AAL and Peter Döhle cooperation, as well as the expansion of our customer base in Europe and their growing demand for ever more efficient and convenient project cargo solutions.”

Established in 1995 AAL is a subsidiary of Schoeller Holdings and has traditionally supplied breakbulk, project cargo and heavy lift shipping operations for its customers throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas. Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG was founded in 1956, primarily as a ships agency and today controls a network of international companies offering a variety of maritime services whilst operating around 500 ships, being partly their own vessels as well as partly-owned and exclusively managed ships. Speaking of the new deal John Jensen, General Manager of Peter Döhle, observed:

“The timing of this development could not have been better. We are seeing that, despite increased competition, the market still places high value on working with operators that have a genuine understanding and solid expertise in transporting extremely valuable and complex cargoes, where safety and quality cannot be compromised.”

Photo: Celebrating the new cooperation. Second and third from left are John Jensen from Peter Döhle and Namir Khanbabi of AAL.