HLPFI takes a look at the Project Logistic Provider of the Year award, sponsored by AAL. 

The Project Logistics Provider of the Year award will be presented to the logistics provider that has developed its project cargo services in order to adapt to new market opportunities and challenges, as well as customer demands.

The judges will be looking for evidence of how this development - alongside sound technical capability and high safety standards - has shaped the success of your project forwarding business and prepared your company for the future.

Entries should include evidence of:

  • A deep understanding of your client base and its requirements
  • An ability to adapt to changing market conditions
  • A strategy for growth and enhancement of current services
  • A considered approach to safety and environmental issues within the organisation
  • A solid recruitment and training programme

About our sponsor  


AAL has served the global breakbulk and heavy lift project cargo sector for 25 years. One of the largest and most trusted multipurpose carriers, it delivers solutions for major industries like energy, oil and gas, mining, infrastructure, forestry and leisure.

It offers three distinct service models including bespoke tramp chartering solutions to any location; scheduled liner services between Asia, Oceania and the Middle East; and semi-liner services combining fixed routes with port call flexibility.

AAL’s growing fleet of heavy lift multipurpose vessels is one of the sector’s largest and youngest and spearheads the ‘mega-mpv’ (30,000+ dwt) segment, providing shippers with significant economies of scale and cargo intake volumes.

With a multilingual office network across Asia, Oceania, Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas - as well as award-winning chartering, commercial, engineering and operations teams - AAL addresses the needs of a global customer base 24/7 and at a local level.


Our 2019 winner

Blue Water Shipping was the winner of the Project Logistics Provider of the Year award in 2019 for its involvement in the Tengizchevroil (TCO) future growth project-wellhead pressure management project in Kazakhstan.

“Project logistics at its best,” commented one of our judges when deciding that Blue Water Shipping should win 2019’s Project Logistics Provider of the Year award. Another said: “I was completely in awe of the planning that went in to this project.” 

They are referring to Blue Water’s involvement in the Tengizchevroil (TCO) future growth project-wellhead pressure management project in Kazakhstan, where the company is leading four consortiums that control more than 80 assets being used in the project to transport 279 modules weighing up to 1,800 tonnes. “We find a combination of all criteria related to the selection of the Project Logistics Provider of the Year: use of new technology, solid recruitment and training programme, special techniques and thorough planning,” said our judges. 

Indeed, Blue Water is calling upon an in-house IT team consisting of 63 experts, including 22 programmers; has been involved in the design of a number of units that will be used to move the heavy components; and worked with the client to build a strong team of engineers, project freight forwarders, planners, document controllers, cost engineers, construction managers, HSSEQ staff, IT support and contract management for one of the most complex and demanding delivery schedules. 

The Heavy Lift Awards 2020 ceremony will take place on October 21at the Royal Lancaster hotel in London, UK.