AAL adds two more ships to orderbook in China


AAL Shipping (AAL) has added an additional two ships at CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding to its order of six 32,000 dwt heavylift Super B-Class vessels.

The two additional vessels, to be named the AAL Newcastle and AAL Mumbai, will each feature an increased maximum heavylift capability of 800 tonnes, compared to the rest of the Super B-Class fleet which can each lift a maximum 700 tonnes.

These vessels will bring AAL’s total fleet tonnage to 831,800 dwt.

Christophe Grammare, managing director of AAL, said: “Looking into the future, the trend in industrial project cargo is towards fabricating larger and more complex components, and we need to be ahead of that curve. The combination of these new ships’ unique design, cargo handling technologies and heavylift capabilities – which on the two additional vessels has increased to 800 tonnes maximum lift – allows them to also accommodate the far bigger and heavier cargoes of tomorrow, ones that until now may have been out of our reach.”