AAL Shipping has delivered four rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTG) from Taicang in China onboard AAL Pusan, to the port of Oslo in Norway.

The RTGs were manufactured by Kalmar and measured 36 m in height and 28 m in length.

The four cranes had a combined weight of almost 700 tonnes. Three of the cranes were fully erected and the fourth was loaded in parts, using the AAL Pusan’s port-side heavy lift cranes. They were transported on AAL’s monthly Asia-Europe service.

AAL said the machines will help to deal with the increased volume of container arrivals from Asia and Europe at the port, which handles about 80 percent of the country’s imported containerised goods.

Eike Muentz, general manager Europe, AAL, said: “This particular cargo was booked through our Finland office in Porvoo – part of our expanding European office network.

“Demand for regular and dependable services between Asia and Europe has grown exponentially in 2021, as markets rush to address shortfalls in scheduled development projects and shortages in general stock and commodity levels, depleted due to the pandemic lock-down of the past 18 months. In this sense, we are not just moving project heavy lift cargo like these cranes, but smaller breakbulk parcels, general cargoes, dry bulk commodities, steel, and containers.”