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AAL operates shipments for windfarm in Australia

[ May 16, 2022   //   ]

Between February and July 2022, AAL Shipping (AAL) is operating a series of shipments between several ports in China and Brisbane, Australia, to transport heavy lift and project cargo components for the 181MW Dulacca Wind Farm planned for development in Queensland, Australia – a plant expected to generate enough clean energy to power approximately 124,000 homes in the region.
The 181MW Dulacca Wind Farm is located between Dulacca and Drillham in the Western Downs Region of Queensland and will be powered by 43 Vestas wind turbines of 4.2MW rated capacity each.
Employed by multiple global logistics companies to manage the ocean transportation for some of the Wind Farm’s largest components, AAL’s shipments will comprise 43 Vestas wind turbines (towers and blades), transformers, and electrical cables – a total of close to 375,000 freight tonnes (FRT) of cargo.
“AAL has been working closely with Vestas and its appointed logistics partners for a number of years, serving many of its wind farm projects around the world on both a long and short-term employment basis,” says Marco Wendt, Chartering Manager, AAL Europe, and spearheading AAL’s global wind cargo movements.”
The shipments into Brisbane for Dulacca are being loaded from several Chinese ports including Tianjin, Taicang and Yangzhou.
“We are working with multiple logistics companies in their execution, each with their own specific timeline and cargo requirements.,” says Andrew Mangan, Chartering Manager, AAL, and coordinating the sailings into Australia from the carrier’s Singapore Headquarters. “We, therefore, decided to utilize two different vessel classes on the project – our ‘mega-size’ 31,000 deadweight (DWT) A-Class and the more compact 19,000 DWT S-Class – to manage both large and small shipment sizes with as much efficiency and economy of scale for our customers as possible.”