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AAL takes MTL vessel on charter

Singapore: Breakbulk operator AAL has added to its fleet, taking on a 2009-built vessel on long-term charter. AAL has taken a 25,800 dwt vessel from Germany’s MTL, a member of the Hartmann Group, and changed the name from Pacific Adventure to AAL Galveston. The 160 m long multipurpose ship has a combined lifting capacity of 240 tons and large, strengthened cargo holds.

This latest long-term charter for AAL follows a recent announcement that it 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,” commented Namir Khanbabi, managing director of AAL’s tramp and projects division.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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