Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Vancouver Port Welcomes Ship’s Maiden Voyage to US

The Port of Vancouver USA recently welcomed the 636-foot long, 95-foot wide general cargo ship AAL Hong Kong on her maiden voyage to the United States.

The AAL Hong Kong is among a new generation multi-purpose vessels with a maximum lifting capability of 700 metric tons. Singapore-based Austral Asia Line is the owner and operator of the ship, which has a deadweight capacity of 31,123 metric tons.

The Marshall Islands-flagged vessel, commanded by Capt. Zeljko Presecan of Croatia, arrived at the Washington state port in mid-August with a 22-member crew.

They were welcomed to Vancouver by AAL port captain Tommy Hayes; Mike Titone from Columbia River Steamship Operators Association (CRSOA); representatives from the Port of Vancouver USA; and Ion Badea, Jim Horne and Beth Sanchez from vessel agent Norton Lilly International.

The vessel, which was built in China during the first half of 2013, launched on June 25 of this year.
The AAL Hong Kong sailed to the Port of Vancouver from Shanghai, China, where she unloaded 26 complete, three-piece wind towers for Danish wind turbine company Vestas Wind Systems before returning to Chinese ports.