In advance of the launch next year, AAL Shipping has unveiled the specifications of its mega size 32,000 deadweight (DWT) Super B-Class heavy installation vessels.
The Super B-Class design was a collaboration between AAL’s engineering and commercial teams and sister company, Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM).
Three heavy lift cranes positioned along the vessels’ port side will feature 350t lift each and combinable up to 700t max. Tandem lifting can be done with both cranes number 1 and 2, and also number 2 and 3. This enables cargo loading at both the fore and aft of the vessel – optimising deck space and capacity. The cranes also feature an outreach of 35.7 metres at higher lifting capacity and render far more flexibility and options when loading large and / or heavy units.
Under deck there will be two box-shaped cargo holds, one 68 x 25 metres, and the other 38 x 25 metres and with a height of 15.6 metres. They also feature adjustable pontoon triple deck capabilities as required, to optimise cargo intake. With no centre line bulkhead, the holds are designed to perfectly accommodate dry bulk commodities and optimised for stowage of dangerous IMO cargoes.
Overall, the Super B-Class will meet the highest possible automation and emission standards, as well as complying with IMO regulations on emissions and sustainability for environmental protection. The vessels are dual fuel and methanol ready and run-on MAN main engines of 7,380 kW – supported by 2 x 1,700 kW and 1 x 1,065 kW auxiliary diesel generators.
Five of the Super B-Class will be named after major breakbulk ports: AAL Antwerp, AAL Hamburg, AAL Houston, AAL Dubai and AAL Dammam. The sixth vessel (and first of the new fleet to be launched in 2024) will proudly bear the name AAL Limassol, in tribute to the town where AAL’s story first began in 1995.
Founded in the Netherlands in 1995 and since 2009 headquartered in Singapore, AAL Shipping AAL is a multiple award-winning global ocean transport operator that has, for over 20 years, served the breakbulk, heavy lift and project cargo industry.
(Source and image: AAL Shipping – Artist’s view of AAL Limassol heavy lift vessel)