AAL Responds to U.S. Breakbulk Demand

BBN has learned that heavylift company AAL has scheduled 12 MPP sailings calling to West Coast, Gulf and East Coast US ports over May and June 2020 in response to increased demand from american global shippers. According to seanews, AAL is refocusing efforts on the Asia-North America trade lane where

Some Light in Shipbuilding Lull

We have all witnessed a lull in newbuilding activity, a trend also noticed during the 2009-2010 crisis. But, this week some new build vessels have been added to the order book! According to Splash247, China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) has officially contracted four new 62,000dwt multipurpose heavylift vessels to be constructed

Multipurpose Charter Rates Slip Further

Time charter rates in the multipurpose shipping sector slipped further over the last month, according to shipbroker Toepfer Transport. The Multipurpose index shows the average daily time charter rate for a 12,500 dwt/F-type heavy lift vessel stands at USD6,441 for May 2020, a drop of USD395 compared to April 2020’s rate

UAL Chartering Launches New Breakbulk Service to Africa

Global shipping company Universal Africa Lines Ltd (UAL) has established a new chartering desk in Denmark to launch a new Mediterranean and Black Sea service. UAL Chartering becomes the extending leg to the established UAL liner services from Europe and USA, providing customized solutions worldwide to and from Africa, including shipments


The AAL Melbourne recently loaded two cranes and their components weighing just over 1,800 mt in total in Taicang, for onward transport to Jebel Ali. The cranes measured 42 metres high and 115m long. Manufactured in China by global supplier of heavy lifting and handling equipment, Nantong Rainbow Heavy Machineries Co.