AAL, a leading breakbulk, project cargo and heavy-lift shipping operator, has secured the prize for ‘Excellence in Project Cargo, Breakbulk / Heavy Lift’ at the 21st Annual Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards.

Around two weeks earlier, the multipurpose heavy-lift operator was voted ‘Breakbulk Operator of the Year’ at the Global Freight Awards 2016 in London. For the first time, the breakbulk sector was recognised at these awards.

AAL Australia general manager Frank Mueller said: “These two major honours are very significant, not just for AAL, but for the whole global breakbulk sector that we represent.

"These two major honours are very significant, not just for AAL, but for the whole global breakbulk sector that we represent."

“The multipurpose heavy-lift sector is one of the most demanding in the entire shipping community and has perhaps been overlooked in the past at the bigger shipping awards.”

“Things are now changing and the industry is waking up to the fact that the engineering, service and operational demands and capabilities within the breakbulk heavy-lift sector are second to none and we are very proud to be able to promote these unique qualities to a wider global audience.”

This year has been significant for AAL, in the last 12 months, the global carrier has expanded its operations into the US and the Middle East, as well as set up multiple new services that offers its customers in a wide variety of industry sectors with flexible and competitive solutions across all key global trades.

The company claimed that major projects around the world have capitalised on its capability to combine its fixed-route liner services and tailor-made tramp sailings to deliver value-added global transport solutions for complex cargoes and demanding delivery schedules.

AAL is a leading breakbulk, project cargo and heavy lift shipping operators, providing a dual tramp and liner service for its customers throughout Asia, Oceania, Middle East, Europe and the Americas.?

Set up in 1995, the company operates multiple classes of modern multipurpose heavy lift vessels, ranging from 12,000, to 31,000 deadweight tonnage (dwt), and each designed to accommodate heavy lift and project cargo alongside breakbulk, containers and bulk. ?

It is headquartered in Singapore and is a member of Schoeller Holdings, a maritime group.