AAL begins heavy lift service between Europe and Asia

SINGAPORE: July 03, 2019. AAL Europe has formally launched a service between Europe and Asia offering regular sailings and flexible port calls between Northern Europe including the Baltic Region, Middle East, South East Asia and the Far East.

The service is based on the carrier’s 19,000 dwt S-Class heavy lift vessels, complemented by its A-Class and W-Class MPV fleet, to provide customers the assurance of frequent sailings and tonnage options.

With multiple cargo stowage configurations on deck and in secure holds a key feature of the S-Class design – along with a significant 700-tonne maximum lift – is the ability to accommodate a variety of cargo types from large and heavy project cargo, to breakbulk, steel and dry bulk commodities and all at the same time.

AAL Europe general manager Eike Muentz commented, “We have actually been operating S-Class and other vessel sizes on the trade between Europe and Asia since the start of the year and have built-up the sustainable cargo flow and broad market interest to justify employing more S-Class vessels permanently on the trade.

“The default routing from Europe will be via the Med, but we can also sail via West Africa or PG / Middle East depending on cargo demand. Our aim is to establish monthly calls from Antwerp, Rotterdam, Hamburg and one or two additional loading ports in the Med. When called upon we can also draw upon any of the other vessel classes within our fleet, even the heavy lift A-Class of 31,000 dwt and W-Class of 33,000 dwt,” he added.