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AAL delivers mobile gantry cranes to Port of Oslo

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AAL delivers mobile gantry cranes to Port of Oslo. Image: AAL
AAL delivers mobile gantry cranes to Port of Oslo. Image: AAL
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AAL Shipping delivered four of the largest rubber tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) in the carrier’s history to the Port of Oslo, Norway. These new generation mobile units, measuring 36 m in height and 28 m in length, were transported from Taicang in China to Oslo on a single sailing aboard the 31,000 deadweight ‘mega-size’ multipurpose vessel (MPV), the AAL Pusan.

The cranes were engineered and manufactured by Kalmar, part of Cargotec and Rainbow-Cargotec Industries Co. Ltd (RCI) in Taicang and will help to deal with the increased volume of container arrivals from Asia and Europe at Norway’s busiest port – a facility that handled 1.5 million metric tonnes of containers in 2019 alone. The four cranes had a combined weight of almost 700 tonnes. Three of the cranes were fully erected and the fourth was loaded in parts, using the AAL Pusan’s port-side heavy lift cranes (700 tonnes max lift). They were transported from China to Norway along AAL’s monthly ‘Asia – Europe Trade Route’. They will be deployed at the Port of Oslo, Norway’s main logistics hub that handles about 80% of the country’s imported containerized goods.

Eike Muentz, General Manager Europe, AAL, commented; “This particular cargo was booked through our Finland office in Porvoo – part of our expanding European office network. Demand for regular and dependable services between Asia and Europe has grown exponentially in 2021, as markets rush to address shortfalls in scheduled development projects and shortages in general stock and commodity levels, depleted due to the pandemic lock-down of the past 18 months. In this sense, we are not just moving project heavy lift cargo like these cranes, but smaller breakbulk parcels, general cargoes, dry bulk commodities, steel, and containers.”

AAL operates one of the multipurpose shipping sector’s largest fleets of specialist MPV heavy lift vessels, comprising both mega-size (30,000+ deadweight tonnage) and smaller tonnage vessels. These are deployed worldwide, serving the carrier’s tailor-made tramp chartering services, regular fixed trade routes and scheduled monthly liner services.

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MSC breaks record of lifting heaviest breakbulk parcel from India

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MSC breaks record of lifting heaviest breakbulk parcel from India. Image: MSC
MSC breaks record of lifting heaviest breakbulk parcel from India. Image: MSC
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MSC India achieved another milestone in project cargo shipping solutions, with the loading of a 140-ton transformer on MSC Regina from the port of Mundra, India. This is the heaviest ever breakbulk parcel moved by container ship from India, surpassing MSC’s previous record. The transformer is destined for a greenfield power transmission development project in Zambia.

MSC’s previous heavy-lift record was for the loading of a 115-ton transformer in 2018 at Port of Nhava Sheva. India is catching up countries such as China, Germany, South Korea and the USA, where pieces of more than 200 tons have already been loaded successfully on container vessels.

MSC has always put the customer at the center of its business, including by providing access to dedicated project cargo equipment to ensure the loading goes smoothly. Lifting gears were used to make this a successful loading using the right combination of special equipment.

Putting onboard a 140-ton parcel is a substantial process and requires immense focus and precision. Our teams demonstrated excellent teamwork and ensured synchronized coordination between the terminals, operations teams, stevedores, technical surveyors, and the shipper to analyze the all the technical aspects of the loading.

The company extended a special note of thanks to members of the team at Adani Mundra Terminal who extended their cooperation as always. This entire operation was completed in the allotted berthing window, enabling us to maintain the vessel’s service schedule.

The success of this operation has opened new doors for MSC to also cater to the heavy cargo category on container ships. This sets an excellent example of what perfect co-ordination and teamwork can do. Once again, the company raised the bar, proving the expertise and hard work can make the impossible, possible.

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SFL Corporation to acquire four modern Suezmax tankers

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SFL Corporation to acquire four modern Suezmax tankers. Image: Unsplash
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SFL Corporation Ltd. announced that it has agreed to acquire four modern Suezmax tankers in combination with long term time charters to a subsidiary of Koch Industries, a world-leading industrial conglomerate.

The vessels are built in 2015 and 2020, respectively, and all four have modern eco-design features including exhaust gas cleaning systems. The aggregate purchase price of the vessels is $222.5 million and the Company expects to take delivery between August and October.

The charter period of the vessels will be six years, adding approximately $250 million to SFL’s fixed-rate backlog. The charterer will have a possibility to terminate the charters after three years against a termination fee and also an option to develop a sale of one or more of the vessels from year four of the charter period, including a profit share arrangement with SFL.

Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of SFL Management AS, said in a comment: “We are pleased to further expand our presence in the tanker market at what we believe is an attractive point in the cycle with historic low orderbook in the segment. The transaction demonstrates our standing in the market as a high quality provider of transportation services for industry leading customers, and we continue building our fleet and charter backlog with accretive acquisitions.”

SFL Corporation’s fleet of vessels is comprised of container vessels, car carriers, tanker vessels, bulkers and offshore drilling rigs. The company’s long term distribution capacity is supported by a portfolio of long term charters and significant growth in the asset base over time.

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“K” Line signs contract with AIRSEAS for three more “Seawing” units

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Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.- “K” LINE has already decided to install “Seawing”, an automatic kite system developed by AIRSEAS SAS Ltd., on two of their Capesize bulkers, and has now signed the contract for the purchase of three additional “Seawing” units with AIRSEAS.

The additional “Seawing” units will be installed on three post-Panamax bulkers, which are expected to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 20%, similar to Capesize bulkers case. This will be a one of our efforts to achieve our GHG reduction target. The first ship of implementation
is scheduled for a Capesize bulker in Dec. 2022.

In addition, “K” LINE and AIRSEAS have signed a technology development agreement for the effective utilization of the traction power from the “Seawing” based on renewable energy. Specifically, the objective of the agreement is to maximize the performance of “Seawing” by integrating “K” LINE’s ship operational technology with utilization of “Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions” and AIRSEAS’s “Seawing” development technology. “K” Line and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd Group have developed “K-IMS” ; Integrated vessel operation and performance management system.

“K” LINE is working to realize sustainable society and increase corporate value and reduce its environmental impact to achieve our goal of “Net Zero GHG Emissions by 2050” set forth in the “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 through the innovation of various environmental improvement technologies such as “Seawing”.

As an integrated logistics company, the “K” LINE Group is working to realize sustainable society and increase corporate value, and reduce its environmental impact based on its corporate philosophy of contributing to society so that people live well and prosperously.

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