AAL to be issued 2015 certifications by DNV-GL Singapore for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001
AAL is the first shipping company to be issued 2015 certifications by DNV-GL Singapore for ISO 9001 (Quality Management), and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management). Simultaneously, the global multipurpose heavy-lift operator was also certified ISO 50001:2011 for Energy Management, and OHSAS 18001:2007 for Occupational Health & Safety - a milestone in AAL’s strategy to build competitive advantage through the quality of its global services, infrastructure, and internal and external operations.
Kyriacos Panayides, Managing Director of AAL, commented, “These latest certifications underscore AAL’s culture and values: management efficiency, environmental protection, energy conservation and commitment to health and safety. With the market at its most challenging, we’ve taken the bold step to invest significantly in our management systems and tools, and improve further the quality and range of services we offer as a point of differentiation between AAL and other carriers. We believe this is the only sustainable way to maintain our growing reputation and meet the expectations of our customers, vendors and partners worldwide.”
He added, “We are well down the road of a major systems upgrade, communications building, personnel training and markets and services development – the most comprehensive programme of its kind we have ever undertaken and our teams have embraced the challenge and the very real benefits to our stakeholders and the wider environments in which we operate.”
AAL is one of the world’s leading breakbulk, project cargo and heavy lift shipping operators, providing a unique dual tramp and liner service for its customers throughout Asia, Europe, Middle East and the Americas. Established in 1995, the company operates the multipurpose sector’s youngest fleet – multiple classes of modern multipurpose heavy lift vessels (ranging from 19,000 to 31,000 dwt) and each designed to accommodate heavy lift and project cargo alongside breakbulk, containers and bulk.
In 2015, it launched a global strategy to offer enhanced global tramp & projects solutions and new semi-liner services on key global trades. In the same year, AAL won ‘Best Shipping Line – Project Cargo’ at the Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards (AFLAS) for a second year running and then repeated its success for an unprecedented third win in 2016. 2016 also saw the operator walk away with top honours at the Global Freight Awards in London and the 21st Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards in Sydney.