AAL Limassol ready for maiden voyage

AAL Limassol ready for maiden voyage

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AAL Limassol is set to depart on its maiden voyage following the recent naming ceremony at the CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company in the Chinese province of Quanzhou. 

For its first job, the 32,000 deadweight multipurpose heavy lifter will carry a full weather deck of project heavy lift cargo. The cargo will include two 135-metre-long barges, weighing 1,650 tonnes and fifteen 80.5-metre-long wind blades.

Kyriacos Panayides, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AAL Shipping, said, “The AAL Limassol and her sister vessels have been painstakingly designed and equipped to handle not just the most complex and outsized cargoes of today, but those of tomorrow – continuing AAL’s legacy of investment in innovation and customer-driven strategy. Considering the ebbs and flows of the shipping sector and the hard work put-in by the AAL team at every level to expand our global footprint and deliver regular trade lane coverage for the global breakbulk and project community, we could not be more excited for the future and the strengthening of our service offering.”

Third-generation heavy-lift MPP ships

AAL Limassol and its Super B-Class sister vessels are AAL Shipping’s third generation of newbuildings and will expand its heavy lift fleet to 27 vessels and a total tonnage to 768,000 deadweight tonnes. The six Super B-Class vessels currently ordered are designed to be game-changers in serving the industrial project sector, featuring innovative design and specification for greater intake and safer handling of heavy-lift cargo. These include the positioning of the bridge and accommodation block at the fore for better sailing visibility when carrying very tall cargoes, a 700-tonne maximum lift capacity via three port-mounted cranes, dual fuel capability for increased sustainability and the revolutionary retractable ‘AAL ECO-DECK’ that adds 600 square metres to the weather deck – bringing its clear on-deck cargo stowage space to over 5,000 square meters.

Yahaya Sanusi, Deputy Head of AAL Shipping’s Transport Engineering Department, explained, “With their two huge cargo holds and three 350-tonne cranes, the new vessels are designed to accommodate even larger and taller cargoes than those we can currently handle. The forward positioning of the bridge and superstructure allows us to transport the very tallest of cargoes without compromising visibility. If necessary, we can even stow and transport super tall cargoes in the holds with the hatch covers open.”

“Compared to similar vessels in the water, these new vessels have a very high cargo intake volume and are extremely flexible. This fulfils the needs of our clients, who can reduce logistic costs by limiting the number of voyages when transporting their large project cargoes. For example, the wind sector is producing far bigger nacelles and towers than ever before. Such turbines match perfectly well with the Super B-Class’ design concept, as well as those cargoes for other industry sectors such as infrastructure, oil and gas, and mining – items like rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs), port cranes, pipe racks / modules, and oversized mining components,” added Sanusi.

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AAL Limassol ready for maiden voyage
AAL Limassol ready for maiden voyage

AAL Limassol ready for maiden voyage

Photo AAL Shippingg

AAL Limassol is set to depart on its maiden voyage following the recent naming ceremony at the CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company in the Chinese province of Quanzhou. 

For its first job, the 32,000 deadweight multipurpose heavy lifter will carry a full weather deck of project heavy lift cargo. The cargo will include two 135-metre-long barges, weighing 1,650 tonnes and fifteen 80.5-metre-long wind blades.

Kyriacos Panayides, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AAL Shipping, said, “The AAL Limassol and her sister vessels have been painstakingly designed and equipped to handle not just the most complex and outsized cargoes of today, but those of tomorrow – continuing AAL’s legacy of investment in innovation and customer-driven strategy. Considering the ebbs and flows of the shipping sector and the hard work put-in by the AAL team at every level to expand our global footprint and deliver regular trade lane coverage for the global breakbulk and project community, we could not be more excited for the future and the strengthening of our service offering.”

Third-generation heavy-lift MPP ships

AAL Limassol and its Super B-Class sister vessels are AAL Shipping’s third generation of newbuildings and will expand its heavy lift fleet to 27 vessels and a total tonnage to 768,000 deadweight tonnes. The six Super B-Class vessels currently ordered are designed to be game-changers in serving the industrial project sector, featuring innovative design and specification for greater intake and safer handling of heavy-lift cargo. These include the positioning of the bridge and accommodation block at the fore for better sailing visibility when carrying very tall cargoes, a 700-tonne maximum lift capacity via three port-mounted cranes, dual fuel capability for increased sustainability and the revolutionary retractable ‘AAL ECO-DECK’ that adds 600 square metres to the weather deck – bringing its clear on-deck cargo stowage space to over 5,000 square meters.

Yahaya Sanusi, Deputy Head of AAL Shipping’s Transport Engineering Department, explained, “With their two huge cargo holds and three 350-tonne cranes, the new vessels are designed to accommodate even larger and taller cargoes than those we can currently handle. The forward positioning of the bridge and superstructure allows us to transport the very tallest of cargoes without compromising visibility. If necessary, we can even stow and transport super tall cargoes in the holds with the hatch covers open.”

“Compared to similar vessels in the water, these new vessels have a very high cargo intake volume and are extremely flexible. This fulfils the needs of our clients, who can reduce logistic costs by limiting the number of voyages when transporting their large project cargoes. For example, the wind sector is producing far bigger nacelles and towers than ever before. Such turbines match perfectly well with the Super B-Class’ design concept, as well as those cargoes for other industry sectors such as infrastructure, oil and gas, and mining – items like rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs), port cranes, pipe racks / modules, and oversized mining components,” added Sanusi.

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