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16 The Journal of Commerce | April 2019 Breakbulk & Project Cargo quote?' We received a transport drawing showing the pieces and the dimensions," Wender said. BigLift assigned a project team to work on the bid, which traveled from the over the last 10 years," Levold said. "We've had a good relationship with Liebherr and have moved mobile harbor cranes all over the world in the past six or seven years," Gem Wender, BigLift's deputy general manager for projects told The Journal of Commerce. Initial discussions for this move began in September 2018. "It was a request for bidding, an extensive form, where we're asked, 'Can you provide us your best Further collaboration ahead? Though MPV/HL market continues to be fragile, one exec sees tighter supply as beneficial By Janet Nodar THE MULTIPURPOSE/HEAVY-LIFT (MPV/HL) sector was hit particularly hard by the shipping industry recession of the past decade. "An oversupply of new tonnage, declining demand for project cargo transportation, and competition from other sectors such as bulkers, ro-ro [roll-on, roll-off ] carriers, and even contain- er carriers [have] led to record low freight rates, far below breakeven levels. This consequently led to a number of operators ceasing operations following massive losses, as well as a majority of the fleet defaulting on their financing contracts and becoming financiers' distressed assets," Kyriacos Panayides, managing director, AAL, said in a recent conversation with The Journal of Commerce, sharing his views on fleet consolida- tion, the overall market, new ship construction, and the impact of IMO 2020, the International Maritime Organization's (IMO's) low-sulfur fuel requirement. Recently, consolidation has accelerated, Pan- ayides said, with acquisitions, mergers, alliances, and other cooperation among the stakeholders commercial or sales department to the projects department, where a technical transport documentation manual was compiled. During the actual move, the main part of the crane shipped with the 164-foot-9-inch mast installed, but the crane's boom had to be dis- mantled and shipped in three pieces on deck. To quote an attractive rate and generate the desired financial return on the sailing, BigLift found a "This is what we all love about heavy-li. It's our sweet spot." The AAL Dampier delivers a 530-metric-ton electrostatic precipitator module — loaded in Jiangsu, China — to Port Pirie, southern Australia, for a lead smelting facility. AAL

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