AAL Puts Fleet Expansion Plan in Motion
A breakbulk, project cargo and heavy lift shipping operator AAL is boosting its Tramp and Projects division’s capacity through a long-term charter of a multipurpose, heavy lift vessel AAL Galveston.
AAL Galveston is a ‘Super A-Class’ vessel, which AAL has re-classified under its own fleet classification criteria, to ‘G-Class.’
The 160-meter-long, 25,800 dwt ship has a combined lifting capacity of 240 mt and large, strengthened cargo holds.
This latest long-term charter for AAL follows a recent announcement that the company will grow its fleet to over 500,000 dwt in 2015.
”We have seen growth in some core industry sectors, particularly renewables, where logistics challenges have become greater, as components get larger and more complex to transport, and ports of loading and discharge more globally widespread,” said Namir Khanbabi, Managing Director of AAL’s Tramp and Projects Division.
”The AAL Galveston increases our service capabilities and options, in support of a highly diversified customer base and our strategy to continue to build it even further.”