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Singapore: AAL Shipping increases order for methanol-fuelled vessels

23 Feb 2022

Ocean transport operator AAL Shipping (AAL), said on Tuesday (22 February) it has now increased its order of the Super B-Class to six vessels and released first images, technical and design details of how these revolutionary premium project carriers will live up to their ‘super’ name.

Late November 2021, AAL, which already operates a fleet of 25 heavy lift multipurpose vessels (MPVs) on busy trades globally, announced the launch of its third-generation newbuilding plan with the initial order of four 32,000 deadweight (DWT) premium project MPVs  and classifying them the ‘Super B-Class’. 

The design of these vessels was a collaboration between AAL’s engineering and commercial teams working alongside sister company, Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) – responsible for over 270 newbuilding projects in top yards around the world. 

Nicola Pacifico, Global Head of AAL’s Transport Engineering Department, explained: 

“These vessels were designed to be the most efficient and competent MPVs in the water. They will perfectly complement AAL’s fleet and service profile and, in their design, we harnessed all of our engineering team’s expertise in handling heavy lift, breakbulk and dry bulk cargo since 1995. 

The Super B-Class will have the capability to safely accommodate more than 60,000 freight tonnes (FRT) of cargo on a single sailing and literally any cargo big and small. 

“Despite significant cargo intake volume and size (vessels will be just shy of 180m in length), the hull design of the Super B-Class will deliver a 6.5 metre minimum draft, allowing AAL to call far smaller and more remote ports, which is perfect for employment on dedicated large projects.’

Yahaya Sanusi, Deputy Head of AAL’s Transport Engineering Department and the naval architect responsible for many of the ideas incorporated into the vessels’ innovative design, said three heavy lift cranes positioned along the vessels’ port side will feature 350t lift each and be combinable up to 700t max. 

“Tandem lifting can be done in combination with both crane number 1 and 2, and crane number 2 and 3. This enables cargo loading at both the fore and aft of the vessel – optimising deck space and capacity and mitigating the need to lift large project cargo into just one area and move it by other means into final stowage position which is time and labour intensive.,” he said. 

The Super B-Class will be dual fuel and methanol ready and run-on MAN main engines of 7,380 kW – supported by 2 x 1,700 kW and 1 x 1,065 kW auxiliary diesel generators. The vessels will be NOx Tier III compatible with HPSCR, EEDI phase 3 compliancy, featuring a projected service speed of 14.5 knots. 

They will also feature modern ballast water treatment systems and innovative hull coating that delivers greater fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions. Overall, the Super B-Class will meet the highest possible automation and emission standards, as well as complying with IMO regulations on emissions and sustainability for environmental protection.

Five of the Super B-Class will be named after major breakbulk ports: AAL Antwerp, AAL Hamburg, AAL Houston, AAL Dubai and AAL Dammam. The sixth vessel will proudly bear the name AAL Limassol, in tribute to the town where AAL’s story first began in 1995.


Photo credit and source: AAL Shipping
Published: 23 February, 2022

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