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AAL orders two more super B-Class ships and announces fundraising drive for the Michael J Fox Foundation

AAL Shipping (AAL) has added an additional two ships to its order of six 32,000 deadweight (DWT) heavy lift Super B-Class vessels.

The order was signed by AAL and Schoeller Holdings’ Founder & Chairman, Heinrich Schoeller, at the recent naming ceremony of m/v ‘AAL LIMASSOL’ at the CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company in the Chinese province of Guangdong.

AAL has launched a global fundraising drive, ‘The AAL Back to the Future Appeal’, for the benefit of the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

The two additional vessels, to be named the m/v ‘AAL NEWCASTLE’ and ‘AAL MUMBAI’ will each feature an increased maximum heavy lift 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.

The ‘AAL LIMASSOL’.

Announced at a press conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on Tuesday 21st May 2024, AAL harnessed market interest in the additional ship order to also launch a global fundraising drive, ‘The AAL Back to the Future Appeal’, for the benefit of the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

AAL’S SUPER B-CLASS FLEET GROWS TO EIGHT VESSELS & 256,000 DWT

The ‘AAL LIMASSOL’.

Kyriacos Panayides, CEO of AAL, commented, “AAL’s new order of an additional two Super B-Class powerhouses brings our newbuilding fleet up to eight vessels and 256,000 DWT. This is a strategic move to strengthen our global industrial projects foothold and boost our capacity and service levels on major shipping lanes connecting Oceania, Asia, Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.

“A huge investment of this kind for our third-generation newbuilding plan is not something we take lightly, as it was made with our project customer cargo needs on top of mind and combining 30 years of experience in this challenging and demanding industry we serve – a true leap into the future. We are incredibly proud of all the work that has gone into the innovative design and development of this fleet.”

Attendees at the ‘AAL LIMASSOL’ launch.

‘AAL LIMASSOL’ BREAKS AAL’S CARGO BOOKINGS RECORD ON ITS MAIDEN VOYAGE

Christophe Grammare, Managing Director of AAL, explained, “The maiden voyage of the first of AAL’s Super B-Class fleet, the ‘AAL LIMASSOL’, has already broken all voyage performance records for AAL, with over 77,000 freight tonnes of cargo booked onto her planned journey from Asia to Europe. A broad mix of project heavy lift and general cargo includes two 135-metre-long barges – 1,650 and 1,425 tonnes respectively – fifteen 80.5-metre-long wind blades, modules, trucks, transformers, a dismantled crane and much more besides. This demonstrates the objective of achieving greater economies of scale for our shippers as compared to most other MPVs.”

Christophe Grammare, Managing Director, AAL.

He added, “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 heavy lift 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.”

AAL GOES ‘BACK TO THE FUTURE’ FOR THE MICHAEL J. FOX FOUNDATION

At the same press conference AAL also launched a major fundraising drive to raise vital funds for The Michael J Fox Foundation, which supports global medical research for Parkinson’s disease treatment.

Felix Schoeller, Director, AAL.

Dubbed the ‘AAL Back to the Future Appeal’, the initiative kicks off on AAL’s stand at Breakbulk Europe 2024, which runs from 21-23 May in Rotterdam, where delegates will be able to donate to the Foundation and also interact with a full-sized official replica of the world-famous DeLorean ‘time machine’, which featured in the 1985 hit movie ‘Back to the Future’ and its sequels, and featured Michael J. Fox in the starring role – a Hollywood icon who himself is suffering from the debilitating disease.

Kyriacos Panayides, CEO of AAL.

Felix Schoeller, Director of AAL, said, “The similarities between a ground-breaking car that flew its passengers to the future and a fleet of ground-breaking ships that will sail their cargoes there, was compelling. Plus, the film series and its star, Michael J Fox, are so beloved to us all. It is truly an honour to be an official fundraiser for such a noble cause and supporting vital research that will help to one day find a cure for Parkinson’s disease, which affects more than 6 million people globally.

AAL has launched a global fundraising drive, ‘The AAL Back to the Future Appeal’, for the benefit of the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

“It is a core part of AAL’s mission to support multiple charitable organisations across the world with volunteer work and donations, including children’s charities, food distribution organisations, schools for the underprivileged, Africa relief funds and global seafarer support institutions. We urge our industry colleagues to donate to the AAL Back to the Future Appeal today, as well as visit our stand at Breakbulk Europe, where the AAL team will be rallying support of the Foundation and its critical work.”

AAL has added an additional two ships to its order of six 32,000 deadweight (DWT) heavy lift Super B-Class vessels.

AAL will be at stand 2A10-B11 at Breakbulk Europe 2024. To donate to the ‘AAL Back to the Future campaign’ – big or small – simply visit: give.michaeljfox.org/fundraiser/5342067
Source: AAL Shipping

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