POINT COMFORT, TX: March 2019. Breakbulk and project heavy lift specialist AAL has successfully shipped 22 petrochemical plant modules from the Wilson Heavy Industry Company in Nantong, China to the Ethylene Glycol II Expansion Project in Point Comfort, Texas on behalf of the Pacific Ocean Group Limited.
The project is operated by Nan Ya Plastics, a division of the Taiwanese petrochemicals production company Formosa Plastics Corporation (FPC).
The modules – 26,000 cubic metres in total and weighing a total of 1,280 tons – were loaded in Nantong and transported on a single sailing to Point Comfort aboard AAL’s mega-size MPV, the A-Class 31,000 dwt AAL Pusan. The vessel used its 700-tonne capacity heavy lifting gear for both loading and discharge operations and over half its capacity of 40,000 cubic metres, with units stowed in holds or secured on its weather deck.
Once installed, the modules will aid in the production of ethylene glycol – an odorless and colourless organic compound used in the manufacture of automotive antifreeze, hydraulic fluids, printing inks, and paint solvents. It is also used as a reagent in the making of polyesters, resins, and synthetic waxes.
“With the larger multipurpose heavy lift tonnage incorporated into AAL’s unique fleet mix, we can offer customers both flexibility in stowage planning, and significantly more space than other carriers – providing considerable cost and efficiency savings for them in the process,” commented AAL general manager China Jack Zhou. “This is particularly true of a ‘mega-size’ MPV like the A-Class; as such the AAL Pusan proved the perfect multipurpose vessel to accommodate this challenging project.”
In January this year FPC announced it had joined a US$1.5 billion-funded Alliance to End Plastic Waste from the world’s oceans.
The non-profit organisation says it will develop solutions to manage plastic waste and help create a circular economy for used plastics. The Alliance’s membership represents global chemical companies and has partnered with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Established in the Netherlands in 1995, AAL operates a fleet of multipurpose heavy lift vessels ranging from 19,000 to 33,000 dwt. offering chartering, semi-liner and liner services to its customers.