AAL Ships 20,000FRT on Scheduled Liner Sailing for NMT – Heavy Lift News
10 Jan 2023

AAL Ships 20,000FRT on Scheduled Liner Sailing for NMT

AAL’s  scheduled monthly ‘Asia to Australia West Coast Liner Service’ (AUWC) recently provided the perfect solution for NMT Global Project Logistics and its client, industrial engineering giant Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions.

The operation involved the transport of 20,000FRT of fabricated breakbulk reclaimer components from Henderson to Port Hedland in Western Australia – infrastructure that will uplift the port capacity of an iron ore mining facility in Nelson Point.


The largest component was the bucketwheel boom at just under 65m long, with all components cumulatively covering an area of more than 1,800m² on the vessel.


The lift, stowage, and transport of these units – the largest of which was the bucketwheel boom at just under 65m long – was undertaken by the crew of the AAL Nanjing, working in close cooperation with AAL’s transport engineers who had been planning the operation since the start of the year.



AAL’s Head of Transport Engineering, Nicola Pacifico, explained, “Due to the large and unconventional size of the reclaimer components, which covered a total area on the vessel of more than 1,800m² , the lifting and stowage challenges were significant.


“The seven-month design and planning period for the operation involved AAL working alongside NMT and Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions’ project management team, engaged in weekly online meetings from early February.



“The collaboration proved successful, and the cargo was safely discharged in Port Hedland on schedule for onward transport to Nelson Point, where it will be used in the handling of iron ore.”



Jayme Bailey, Senior Project Manager at NMT Global Project Logistics, stated “Our collaborative, team-oriented and hands-on approach proved a winning recipe for all stakeholders on this important project.”


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