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  February 5th, 2016 | Written by

AAL Pulling its Weight in Venezuela

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  • Puerto La Cruz is one of the largest oil refineries in Venezuela and a major refining hub for crude.
  • AAL’s delivery of project cargo to Venezuela was part of a larger agreement with further monthly shipments to follow.
  • AAL’s delivery of project cargo to Venezuela was part of a multi-billion dollar refinery expansion project.

AAL has successfully delivered its first shipments of heavy lift cargo, destined for the Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) Puerto La Cruz Refinery in eastern Venezuela.

Part of a multi-billion dollar expansion and modernization project, the first cargo shipment of 40,000 cubic meters of modular pipe racks and structural steel was shipped from Nantong to Guanta aboard the 31,000 dwt A-Class vessel, AAL Brisbane.

“Puerto La Cruz is one of the largest oil refineries in the country, at about 190,000 barrel per day and a major refining hub for crude extracted in the states of Monagas and Anzoátegui,” said Marc Willim, general manager of AAL’s tramp and projects division. “This impressive cargo was the first delivery of a larger agreement between AAL and the project engineering, procurement, and construction manager. Further monthly shipments will follow.”

AAL is a leading breakbulk, project cargo, and heavy lift shipping operator, providing tramp and liner service throughout Asia, Europe, Middle East and the Americas.  Established in 1995, the company operates the multipurpose sector’s youngest fleet specifically designed to accommodate heavy lift and project cargo alongside breakbulk, containers and bulk. In 2015, it launched an international cooperation with the shipping company Peter Döhle to offer enhanced tramp and projects solutions to the global market and new semi-liner services on key global trades.

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