Singapore-based shipping company AAL is expanding its multipurpose fleet with the addition of a number of Warnow-class (W-class) 33,271 dwt ‘mega-size’ vessels.
A total of four vessels will join AAL’s fleet from October. Representing 133,000 dwt / 156,000 cbm of additional capacity, the new ships boost AAL’s operating tonnage to just below 740,000 dwt.
Alongside additional W-class tonnage already employed in the fleet and multiple other MPV classes, the four units will boost the carrier’s global coverage, providing additional capacity on trades including Asia – Australia, Asia – Middle East – Europe and Asia – North America.
As explained, the W-class fleet has the ability to accommodate multiple cargo types simultaneously – project cargo, breakbulk and dry bulk commodities – with five cargo holds and a significant individual cargo in-take of 39,000 cbm.
“We’ve invested heavily in developing a global infrastructure, differentiated modern fleet profile and team of professionals worldwide,” Kyriacos Panayides, AAL’s Managing Director, commented, adding that this would enable the company to meet the demands of the global project industry.
“Despite being in a position to cater for the long or short-term employment demands of any major project worldwide, we retain an appetite for further sustainable growth,” Panayides continued.
AAL’s fleet currently comprises a total of 25 A-class, S-class, W-class and G-class multipurpose vessels.