Thursday, July 2, 2020

Heavy Lift Trade Continues to Carry Project Freight Orders Despite Difficult Times

Energy Market Cannot Afford to be Halted
Shipping News Feature

US – EUROPE – IRAQ – The project forwarding market is alive and well in difficult times, with major logistics shipments seemingly impervious to viral attacks. When energy production is involved it has to be business as normal as possible and heavy lift specialist fleet operator AAL has just completed such an essential movement.

Two giant Siemens ‘S-Gen’ generators, weighing close to 350 tonnes apiece were built at Siemens’ worldwide energy hub in Charlotte, North Carolina and transported from the Norfolk International Terminals in Virginia into Europe and Iraq on board the 31,000 dwt mega-size heavy lift vessel AAL Singapore.

The units, each costing over $340 million to construct and both featuring a potential power output of 840 MW, were headed for two new clean energy gas-fired power plants in Europe and Maysan, Iraq. En route to discharging the second unit in the Port of Umm Qasr, Iraq, the AAL Singapore called at Hamburg, Germany, to load an additional steam turbine weighing 317 tonnes for the same power plant in Maysan. Marco Wendt, Chartering Manager at AAL, commented:

“The cargo was carried on a popular trade route, eastbound from the US to Europe, Middle East, and onwards to Asia. The two generators were booked by different customers, including Bertling. We have long-standing relationships with these charterers and worked extremely hard to deliver their cargoes on schedule, powering through the challenges to our sea and land-based operations of necessary COVID-19 restrictions and health and safety measures.”

The booking was made by AAL Europe whose office, like that of logistics partner Bertling, is itself based in Hamburg and General Manager Eike Muentz, observed:

“This frequency of large tonnage into the region is offering the US multipurpose market much needed support during this challenging time and providing shippers trading in the region with flexibility and economies of scale, no matter how small or large their cargo might be.”

Photo: One of the giant units being loaded.