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.