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Chinese get-together. Jumbo and SAL are now under one roof in Shanghai.

19 July 2021

A new step has been taken on the journey for Jumbo-SAL-Alliance. Jumbo China and SAL Heavy Lift Shanghai team are now united under one roof and ready to continue the strong progress of Jumbo-SAL-Alliance China. As part of the global commercial strategy, Jumbo and SAL offices across the world are coming together, whereby the partnership gets further strengthened underlining that the Jumbo-SAL-Alliance is truly one commercial team.
In China, the team of 8 are now residing in the common office located in the vibrant Pudong district in Shanghai, P.R. China.

Managing Director of SAL Heavy Lift Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. and Head of Jumbo-SAL-Alliance China, Mrs. Tina Yi, states; “It is great that we are now all under one roof. Our teams has worked closely together from day 1, but being able to sit face to face creates another dynamic and makes our daily commercial operations work even smoother. I am happy to have Mr. Sun Ming and the Jumbo team here”.
Mr. Sun Ming, Regional Commercial Manager for Jumbo China adds; “Due to covid-19 and local restrictions, we had to postpone our moving plans some weeks – but we are happy to be up and running now and bring the Jumbo-SAL-Alliance forward in China. We could from the very beginning feel the effect of synergies between our teams –  thus “stronger together” truly fits our team here”.
Our Chinese team can be reached on:
+86 (0) 21 68888406

And the Jumbo-SAL-Alliance (China) is located:
No. 707 Zhangyang Road, Rm 1504, Sino Life Tower
Pudong, Shanghai, 200120

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Mr. Sun Ming and Mrs. Tina Yi

SAL crews roll up their sleeves and get COVID-19 vaccinations in the US

28 May 2021

Seafarers are amongst those who have felt the greatest impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Global travel restrictions and strict quarantine rules have created isolated micro-cosmoses on board vessels around the globe for more than a year. Albeit the virus continues to cause havoc, the expansion of vaccination programs in many countries now starts to bring light into the darkness. The USA is in forefront when it comes to the vaccination of its citizens. Several US states are now offering vaccine also to crews of ships that are calling their ports in order to secure global supply chains and to support international seafarers. At SAL we quickly took the chance to explore if our crews could get hand on vaccinations when calling US ports. Through prompt action from our US entity and our port agency, the crews onboard our vessels MV Frauke and MV Calypso were offered vaccinations during their port calls in Mobile, Alabama and Erie, Pennsylvania.

Captain Sebastian Westphal, Chief Technical Officer, SAL Heavy Lift states: “We are very thankful for this opportunity. Our seafarers are away from home for months, come from several different nations with varying national vaccination programs and are exposed during travelling and our global operations. The strict and effective preventive measures onboard our vessels ensure to keep the risk as low as practically possible, but this is not easing the social difficulties our seafarers face as a consequence of the pandemic. On behalf of the company and the fleet, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to the US states that grant us this opportunity and to our team behind who organised this very rapidly.”

Now the crews on board the fleets of SAL, our joint venture partner Jumbo as well as the entire Harren & Partner Group are offered vaccinations during US port calls and we hope that other nations will follow this good example.

Captain Andreas Schuricht, MV Frauke concludes: “It was great that this opportunity was offered to us, and our entire crew onboard happily took a vaccination shot. Hopefully this will not only ease travelling for us, but also help to reduce exposure when we are in ports around the world. I hope that our other colleagues will soon get the same opportunity that we have just got – I am very thankful.”

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Major Component Exchange partnership launched

SAL Renewables, OWS Off-Shore Wind Solutions GmbH (OWS) and Wind Multiplikator GmbH (WM)

26 April 2021 | Emden, Germany

SAL Renewables, OWS Off-Shore Wind Solutions GmbH (OWS) and Wind Multiplikator GmbH (WM) are pleased to announce their new global partnership in delivering Major Component Exchanges (MCE) for the offshore wind industry in Northern Europe. SAL Renewables benefits from the resources of its parent company Harren & Partner (H&P), contributing a vast, global logistics network. OWS brings significant operations and execution expertise, while WM has extensive experience in operational management.

Optimised wind farm operations are playing an increasingly critical role for owners and operators. The partnership aims to support its customers with safe, flexible solutions through its tried and tested MCE concept along with an agile, responsive approach.

The partnership brings together three industry experts, each with significant experience in the MCE of different turbine types. This collaboration means that MCE services will be available to all wind farms in European waters as a start.

All three parties have gained relevant experience over the past five years. For example, WM provided project management services to OWS – who was in charge of the offshore wind farm Bard Offshore 1 (BO1), the first commercial wind farm in the German North Sea since 2016. This step made the BO1 wind farm the most productive field in Germany in 2017.

In 2017, Ocean Breeze Energy (OBE) appointed H&P as technical manager to improve the performance of their jack-up vessel Wind Lift I. H&P also became the new owner of Wind Lift I at the end of 2020. With the new ownership and the collaboration with OWS and WM, Wind Lift I is prepared to take on additional opportunities to benefit all parties in addition to its long-term charter with OBE.

Heiko Felderhoff, MD of Harren & Partner and SAL Renewables, explained: “After the purchase of Wind Lift I, we are very pleased with this partnership that will enhance our services and bring together very experienced companies in the offshore wind industry.”

Michael Munder-Oschimek, MD of OWS, said: “This partnership will allow us to use our experience in MCE while bringing complete solutions to the market. Our setup in Emden with direct quay access, a 450t gantry crane, large storage areas, main component overhauling facilities and a 24/7 control room is perfect for MCE and MCR solutions.”

Nils-R. Vetter, MD of WM, commented: “We are excited to use the experience we have gained in MCE and MCR with our partners and to extend our service portfolio.”

Matthieu Moerman, Head of Projects at SAL Renewables, said: “The wind industry in Northern Europe is picking up again. New wind farms are being installed and existing turbines need to be maintained with an increased output of the turbines. The opportunities to generate business for the cooperation partners are very positive.”

Dr. Martin Harren, MD of Harren & Partner and SAL Renewables, added: “Wind power has been a cornerstone of our business in the past few years, and we continue to see significant projects here. By offering maintenance and component installation services predominantly for the wind turbines itself, we are expanding our total service portfolio to the global renewables market while also meeting the toughest individual demands and expectations in the offshore industry.”

About SAL Renewables:
SAL Renewables is a sister company to the renowned heavy lift shipping company SAL Heavy Lift and a member of the Harren & Partner Group.
The company specialises in offshore maintenance and support services targeted towards the offshore wind sector.
Through its access to specialised, diverse and advanced offshore vessels with dynamic positioning and/or jack-up capabilities, SAL Renewables offers a wide range of expert, cost-efficient services – including vessel time chartering, specialised engineering solutions and complex project management services.
SAL Renewables meets the highest standards when it comes to quality, technical innovation, health, safety and the environment. SAL Heavy Lift’s large network of sales offices and exclusive agents across more than 20 countries ensures its strong global outreach. The Harren & Partner Group has a green perspective, committed to building a greener tomorrow through its services and technical innovations.

About Wind Multiplikator GmbH (WM):
Wind Multiplikator GmbH is based in Bremen and was founded by Michael Munder-Oschimek at the end of 2014. Wind Multiplikator operates mainly in the offshore wind energy sector and specialises in providing project management, consulting and engineering services.
Since mid-2016, Wind Multiplikator QHSE GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of WM, has handled all quality topics and manages projects in the areas of occupational HSE. Since 2020, Wind Multiplikator GmbH and MML Solutions partnered to create WME GmbH, offering engineering services to the on & offshore wind industry and specialising in drive train assessments and repairs.
Our goal is to successfully deliver projects with our customers within the defined time, budget and quality.

About OWS Offshore Wind Solutions GmbH (OWS):
As a service provider in the onshore and especially offshore sector, we consider all life cycles of a wind turbine. Our broad range of services includes the construction and commissioning of wind farms as well as their maintenance, repair and refitting. Conveniently located in Emden, close to the port and the railroad network, OWS manages the logistics challenges of the industry just as effectively as the technical tasks.
A total of over 40,000 m² of hall space and 28,000 m² of storage space are available for storage and transport logistics, but also for manufacturing and repair work of nacelles or blades. We also have the technical expertise to assist customers with engineering and prototype solutions.
We use a modern offshore supply vessel including a traffic light man system to ensure the independent offshore deployment of our certified personnel.
Our range of services includes a control room that enables us to operate your wind farm safely 24/7, as well as our support in the areas of occupational HSE and quality management.

More information about OWS:
More information about WM:
More information about SAL Renewables / Harren & Partner:
(SAL Renewables website to be launched soon)

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Picture: Nils-R. Vetter MD of Wind Multiplikator, Heiko Felderhoff MD of Harren & Partner and SAL Renewables and Michael Munder-Oschimek MD of OWS

Jumbo Shipping and SAL Heavy Lift launch Jumbo-SAL-Alliance

Joint venture creates a new commercial heavy weight in project and breakbulk shipping with a fleet of 30 advanced heavy lift vessels

15 April 2021

Today, the heavy lift industry sees a new and powerful constellation unfold. Jumbo Shipping, the Dutch maritime heavy lift transport and engineering contractor, and SAL Heavy Lift, the German-based breakbulk and project cargo specialist, commence operations with their joint venture as the Jumbo-SAL-Alliance. Combining their fleets and all commercial activities, SAL and Jumbo are gearing up to create a new powerhouse in the heavy lift sector.

This is a very proud moment for Jumbo and SAL. Both companies believe that this move propels them to a greater level of geographical outreach and commercial capacity. To serve clients worldwide, the joint venture acts as the single commercial entry point for its joint sales network of offices and agents in 20+ countries. Significantly, it handles the complete marketing of 30 highly versatile project cargo vessels with lifting capacities up to 3,000 t SWL, marking it as the largest fleet in the 800+ t sector. This ensures availability, flexibility and the right transport concept at the right time for customers seeking reliable and high quality shipping solutions.

Michael Kahn, Managing Director of Jumbo, says: “This joint venture is a big step for both of us. In the past few years, it became increasingly clear that the benefits of collaboration heavily outweigh the traditional way of doing business. Our client base and interests have changed and to remain an effective global player in our field of activity, you always need to adapt and innovate. Not only on a technical level, but also commercially. We believe that the flexibility and competences that our clients are looking for are best served by SAL’s and Jumbo’s combined assets and knowledge.”

The Jumbo-SAL-Alliance stands for the highest QHSE standards, technical excellence and commercial flexibility by offering project and semi-liner services to customers worldwide, with the goal of creating a complete maritime transport solution for both breakbulk and specialised transportation scopes around the globe.

Jens Baumgarten, Director Chartering at SAL Heavy Lift, adds: “This collaboration allows us to bring an unrivalled shipping product to market. It provides a solid answer to the needs of big contractors and EPCs as well as manufacturers and forwarders. On one side, we can handle regular or spot-market breakbulk cargoes. On the other, we have the experience and the assets to handle very large and long-term scopes, including arranging third-party tonnage or whatever is needed to make good on our ‘one-stop-shop’ promise. Simply said, we want our customers to be happy during and after each and every project. This way, they will trust us to deliver a new heavy lift solution for them the next time.”

Jumbo and SAL are highly complementary, both in terms of fleets as well as human resources, both ashore and on board, while sharing many of the same values in terms of quality, safety and solutions focus. This equality makes the joint shipping product easy to combine and market as customers can expect a quality product irrespective of the vessel executing the shipment. The companies’ traditional focus on safe operations and being a reliable partner is integral to our joint way of working.

Martin Harren, Managing Director of SAL and the Harren & Partner Group, adds: “I truly believe we are creating something extraordinary here. This strategic collaboration combines engineered transport solutions with a significant fleet of heavy lift vessels. The Jumbo-SAL-Alliance stands for the best in heavy lift shipping and in complex global transportation. We have a unique team of highly experienced people which can really create value for our customers. From engineering to full-scope project management, by combining our resources we can now provide services that literally exceed any other heavy lift service currently in the market. It’s a winner.”

The joint venture was cleared by the German competition authority earlier this month. The two companies share 90+ years of combined experience, are both family-owned and managed and are among the world’s most prominent and technically advanced heavy lift carriers. Note that both SAL and Jumbo continue as independent operators and vessel owners and both remain active brands in the market.

Felix Peinemann, VP Sales Shipping at Jumbo, states: “The Jumbo-SAL-Alliance merges the global chartering and marketing activities of both companies, creating one large, joint sales organisation. Both brands retain their market presence in addition to the new set-up. On a personal note, we have spent much time with our new colleagues in the past months, organising this joint venture, which went very well. I believe that our joint efforts have led to a solid alliance. If the level of cooperation and building relationships in the preparation phase is any measure of success, then the Jumbo-SAL-Alliance will be very successful!”

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Announcement: Jumbo and SAL intend to form joint venture

2 March 2021

SAL, the German-based breakbulk and project cargo specialist, and Jumbo, the Dutch maritime heavy lift transport and installation contractor, have announced their intention to form a joint venture.

Combining a large part of their fleets, engineering and commercial activities serves the goal of sustainable transport capacity and growth. The Jumbo-SAL-Alliance would be focused on gaining logistical efficiencies, such as joint fleet operations, and benefits for its customers, such as increased flexibility and offering customers worldwide a carefree logistics solution for both breakbulk and outsized cargoes.
The joint venture is subject to clearance by the German competition authority (‘Bundeskartellamt’) and Dutch in-company legal requirements. With the aim of obtaining formal approval, both companies have started the necessary procedures.

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Intermarine and SAL Heavy Lift say “Olá Brasil” and establish a new joint office in São Paulo

24 February 2021 | São Paulo, Brazil

An exciting new venture is about to unfold in Brazil. On March 1st 2021, Intermarine Brazil and SAL Heavy Lift Brazil will open their doors in the great South American country. By establishing a joint office, the two heavy lift shipping & logistics companies are set to strengthen their operations in South America and expand their activities within the project cargo and breakbulk sectors.

Intermarine and SAL Heavy Lift are ready to dance the samba. The two sister companies are very pleased to announce their establishment of a new joint strategic sales office in the important cargo hub of Brazil.

Staffed by seasoned commercial and chartering personnel, the new office will focus on servicing the needs of worldwide customers, supporting Intermarine’s Americas Liner Service and the heavy lift shipping activities of SAL Heavy Lift.

Svend Andersen, CEO Intermarine says: “I have done business in Brazil for more than 30 years and know the great importance of the country on the global heavy lift and break bulk scene. With our new joint establishment, we will offer our customers a local access point to a truly unique service with the combination of SAL’s global project and semi-liner services and Intermarine’s very strong Americas liner service and breakbulk business. I look forward to seeing our activities grow in Brazil with this new initiative in SãoPaulo”.

The office will be headed by Natalie Jones, a veteran in the Brazilian breakbulk and project cargo sector, where she has worked for leading carriers, including Intermarine, for more than 25 years. With a team of 5, she will take the lead in building up the new South American business base. 

Natalie Jones

Natalie Jones, General Manager, SAL / Intermarine Brazil, states; “Brazil holds plenty of opportunities – especially within the power, energy and infrastructure arenas. With the combined services of Intermarine and SAL, our team has a very strong product to market, and I look forward to growing both business and brands together with the rest of the international teams.And it feels good to be back to the great outfit where I first began my career!

Both Intermarine and SAL have considered, for quite some time, expanding its commitment to the Brazilian market as a natural steppingstone to strengthening their presence throughout the Americas.

Jens Baumgarten, Managing Director & Head of Chartering, SAL Heavy Lift, adds; “Historically, Brazil has provided plenty of attractive prospects, but our setup has lacked a base and the right resources. With our new office in SãoPaulo, I am confident that we can establish SAL as a household name in Brazil. I look forward to engage on this journey together with Natalie, the Brazil team and Intermarine.”

The office will target the growth taking place in the industrial, renewables, offshore oil and gas and power sectors in Brazil and South America in general together with the Intermarine and SAL teams in Houston and New Orleans, USA and in Hamburg, Germany.

Richard Seeg, President Intermarine, concludes; “Intermarine’s long legacy in Brazil forms the cornerstone of our activities in the region. With our new setup I am confident that we will see our break bulk activities grow together with the business activities of SAL.”

The office address and contact details is as follows:

Intermarine Brazil & SAL Heavy Lift Brazil
Rua Enxovia 472 Apt 1401
Vila SãoFrancisco, SãoPaulo – SP Brazil

Phone +55 11 3368 1670
+55 11 3368 1673

+55 11 5049 0887

About Intermarine

Intermarine, as agent for Industrial Maritime Carriers, LLC, is a leading provider of reliable liner services for the transport of project, breakbulk and heavy lift cargo in the Americas. From its US offices in Houston and New Orleans and a wide network of agency offices throughout the region, Intermarine provides weekly sailings to and from the US Gulf and Colombia, Trinidad, Guyana and Suriname with frequent regular sailings to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, Brazil, and the West Coast of South America.

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9 February 2021 | Hamburg, Germany

SAL has been fully dedicated to heavy lift shipping for more than 40 years. Back in 1980, when SAL was founded as a family business with four vessels, located on farmland outside Hamburg, the idea of a unique, but strong and recognizable logo was born. The artistic rendering of the Hogendiekbrücke (Hogendiek bridge), a symbol to the origination of SAL in the Altes Land region outside Hamburg, has undergone several transitions over the past decades, but has always remained as symbol, and will also continue to do so.

Since 1980 SAL has grown from being a single brand entity, namely the heavy lift company, into a multi brand corporation that still operates under a uniform brand. Today the SAL brand covers three separate entities: SAL Heavy Lift, SAL Engineering and the newest member SAL Renewables.
To distinguish between the three brands, a new set of logos was designed to create an identity for each of the brands via colour and lettering. All whilst still clearly showing that each of the brands belongs to one another.
With this new set of company logos we would like to keep up the tradition and honour the origin of SAL, our history that dates back to 1865 and the region where our heavy lift shipping story began.

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Harren & Partner adds jack-up vessel Wind Lift I to its fleet and launches SAL Renewables

13 January 2021 | Bremen, Germany

The offshore renewables sector is about to meet a new contender in the rapidly expanding market for offshore wind. With Harren & Partner’s addition of the versatile jack-up vessel Wind Lift I to its fleet, SAL Renewables launches as a specialised provider for offshore wind services and installation with a strong asset in its portfolio. Born as a sister company to the renowned heavy lift shipping company SAL Heavy Lift, this new specialised entity focuses on the offshore maintenance and installation of wind turbines and their corresponding components.

The Harren & Partner Group is as busy as ever with its work in the global wind energy sector. Already an established and preferred logistics provider to contractors and turbine manufacturers in the offshore wind sector, SAL is taking another significant step in expanding its footprint in the field of renewables. Today, SAL Renewables opens its doors as a supplier of specialised vessels as well as maintenance and installation solutions to the offshore wind industry.

SAL Renewables proudly launches with a specialised vessel in its fleet: the Wind Lift I – a 2010-built dynamic positioning (DP) jack-up crane vessel ideally suited for offshore wind maintenance projects as well as the installation of wind turbine parts. With a 500 t capacity, high outreach offshore crane and a fully equipped accommodation block for up to 50 people, this highly versatile asset also has a strong track record.

“Wind Lift I represents an important enhancement of our fleet. It extends our scope of action to provide our customers with comprehensive, yet customised solutions,” says Heiko Felderhoff, Managing Director of SAL Renewables. “Wind Lift I is a highly adaptable vessel. There are only few things that it can’t do, it’s kind of like a Swiss army knife. This asset makes for a great start for our new venture with SAL Renewables.”

Matthieu Moerman, Head of Projects at SAL Renewables, adds: “Megawatts capacity of wind parks keep increasing and old wind parks will need to be renewed with new turbines or decommissioned. With Wind Lift I we are not only targeting the installation and maintenance market but also decommissioning and upgrading of old existing wind parks.”

The Wind Lift I was recently deployed by SAL for a hydraulic hammer test as part of an offshore wind project in the North Sea. Despite for the season’s unpredictable weather patterns, the vessel managed the job perfectly.

In addition to Wind Lift I, SAL Renewables also holds access to the offshore DP2 heavy lift ship Blue Giant.

SAL Renewables benefits from the years of wind experience in the group, and employs specialists with extensive expertise in the sector. SAL Renewables is not involved in any traditional heavy lift shipping operations, which are performed by SAL Heavy Lift as the transport and logistics arm. As such, SAL Renewables is a perfect complement to SAL’s existing services – providing comprehensive, complete maritime solution for the offshore wind industry.

Dr. Martin Harren, Managing Director of Harren & Partner, explains the strategy behind the founding of SAL Renewables and the acquisition of Wind Lift I: “Wind power has been a cornerstone of our business in the past few years, and we continue to see significant projects here. The world’s demand for energy is higher than ever before, and a major energy transition is currently underway. The projects resulting from this change are crucial to our business. SAL Renewables is a perfect supplement to our established logistics business, but also something new. By offering maintenance and component installation services predominantly for the wind turbines themselves, we are expanding our total service offerings to the global renewables market while also meeting the toughest individual demands and expectations in the offshore markets.”

SAL Renewables is based in Bremen – a convenient location to leverage the diverse and far-ranging resources within the Harren & Partner Group and SAL Heavy Lift.

About SAL Renewables
SAL Renewables is a sister company to the renowned heavy lift shipping company SAL Heavy Lift and a member of the Harren & Partner Group.
The company specialises in offshore maintenance and support services targeted towards the offshore wind sector.
Through its access to specialised, diverse and advanced offshore vessels with dynamic positioning and/or jack-up capabilities, SAL Renewables offers a wide range of expert, cost-efficient services – including vessel time chartering, specialised engineering solutions and complex project management services.
SAL Renewables meets the highest standards with regard to quality, technical innovation, health, safety and environment. SAL’s large network of sales offices and exclusive agents across more than 20 countries ensures our strong global outreach. SAL has a green perspective, is committed to building a greener tomorrow through its services and technical innovations.

Press Contact:
SAL Renewables GmbH & Co. KG
Christian Hoffmann
Hermann-Hollerith-Straße 10
28355 Bremen
Phone: +49 40 380 380 209

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Shipping Line of the year

Look what we got! Shipping Line of the Year 2020! We are thrilled about receiving the award and thank the jury and most of all our customers, partners and friends for their trust and great cooperation during this challenging time.
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SAL acquires major stake in Intermarine and expands its business in the Americas

5 October 2020 | Houston, USA

A great new venture is ready to set sail. SAL Heavy Lift and Intermarine, two of the most recognized names in the heavy lift shipping arena, are coming together to create a yet unrivalled shipping setup within the Americas and for cross-Atlantic trade. Operating as an independent brand within the SAL Heavy Lift Group, Intermarine will tie its Americas liner service to SAL’s global heavy lift trade and in combination bring to market the most comprehensive maritime breakbulk and heavy lift solution in the Americas.

The Americas are about to see a unique project, breakbulk, and heavy lift shipping setup unfold. Intermarine and SAL Heavy Lift have for decades been synonymous with shipping excellence, yet they have served different market segments and regions. Now this association of heavy lift excellence brings together the expertise, resources and fleets of both companies and establishes a unique commercial proposition that will benefit a broad spectrum of customers, whether local or international, with shipping services to, from, and within the Americas.

For over 30 years, Intermarine has provided high-quality breakbulk liner services between North America and South America and in the Caribbean, in combination with a strong intra-South America trading network. Under the operational helm of Intermarine veterans Mr. Richard Seeg as President and Mr. Chad Call as Vice President and CFO, Intermarine will continue to serve its customers throughout the Americas as part of the SAL Heavy Lift Group. New to the management team is CEO and shareholder Mr. Svend Andersen, who, with his four decades in the breakbulk and multi-purpose sector, is one of the most influential persons in the industry. As part of Intermarine in the early days of his career, Svend is now back onboard and brings valuable strategic insight and commercial experience to the table. Together this management trio will develop the Intermarine business moving forward.

Svend Andersen, Intermarine CEO, states: “The joining of Intermarine with the SAL organization is a perfect matching of two companies which share the same basic set of values and business philosophy yet with a different fleet of vessels, resources and outreach. In combination, it makes an unmatched setup in cross-Atlantic trading and intra-Americas heavy lift shipping. I have invested in this venture, as I see great prospects in bringing the Intermarine brand and business onwards under the helm and support by SAL Heavy Lift as a top brand in the heavy lift shipping industry.”

SAL sees great value in enlarging its footprint in the Americas by offering a wider range of shipping opportunities and scope of services to both existing and new customers. With the acquisition of Intermarine, SAL’s customers can benefit from more vessels being able to operate not only in and out of South America, but also into offsite river deltas, where SAL would otherwise have had limited access. Further, Intermarine customers will get access to the highly advanced heavy lift fleet of SAL, which, as the largest operator of +900 t SWL vessels in the world, can efficiently connect cargo between Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Richard Seeg, Intermarine President, says: “Having SAL as an organization behind the activities of Intermarine brings with it a wide range of commercial opportunities. SAL holds one of the most comprehensive sales networks globally, and they also bring vessels, world-class engineering capabilities and other resources that are extremely valuable to the commercial setup of Intermarine.”
Martin Harren, SAL CEO, adds: “We have for a while been looking at expanding our services in the Americas, and with Intermarine now being part of the SAL Group, we can enable further trade across the Atlantic, combining important trade between Africa, South America, North America and Europe. We could instantly see the great synergy effects between Intermarine and SAL. When we can combine our already strong sales setup in the USA with the know-how from resources like Richard Seeg, Chad Call, and lastly Svend Andersen, who I have known and worked with for many years, I see a very powerful setup unfold.”

The Intermarine fleet consists of multi-purpose heavy lift vessels that are IMO and Lakes fitted and with lifting capacities up to 400 t SWL, which compliments well with SAL’s fleet of both ice class vessels, IMO fitted and Lakes fitted vessels, and vessels with lifting capacities up to 2000t. Together it makes a comprehensive fleet proposition for customers both inside and outside of the Americas.

The new business constellation begins commercial operation effective immediately.


About Intermarine
Intermarine, as agent for Industrial Maritime Carriers, LLC, is a leading provider of reliable liner services for the transport of project, breakbulk and heavy lift cargo in the Americas. From its US offices in Houston and New Orleans and a wide network of agency offices throughout the region, Intermarine provides weekly sailings to and from the US Gulf and Colombia, Trinidad, Guyana and Suriname with frequent regular sailings to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, Brazil, and the West Coast of South America. For more information please visit

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28 August 2020

Negotiations were in full swing during early March 2020 between SAL Heavy Lift and Total Movements Pvt Ltd through SAL’s agents in India – Sai Maritime & Management P.Ltd – for the shipment of about 5100 freight tonnes from Dahej, Gujarat to Mina Zayed for Adnoc and Antwerp for Exxon Mobil when Lockdown was suddenly announced in India due to Covid-19. All manufacturing facilities were shut down to curb the spread of Corona Virus which indefinitely delayed the shipment of 1 Convertor of 25.3 x 5.17 x 5.05 m / 415 mt from Dahej to Mina Zayed and 6 Gofiner reactors of 167 mt each along with accessories to Antwerp which was required urgently at the Refinery site.

However, it was only in end April, when manufacturing was resumed at the shippers factory at 30% capacity. The negotiations were enthusiastically resumed and a charter party contract was signed for shipment in June.

Total Movements who was responsible for turnkey movement from EX-Works to Mina Zayed & Antwerp faced considerable challenges for the movement from Manufacturing works to port due to stringent lockdown conditions when even simple things like travelling into Gujarat and getting a hotel to stay was difficult. However, Total Movements and its team overcame this challenge to move all the cargo into the port well before the arrival of the vessel. All the transportation planning and engineering was carried out by Total Movements.

The nominated performing vessel MV Frauke (SAL Type 176 – geared 2x700 mts SWL) faced rough weather enroute to Dahej due to Cyclone Nisarga and was greeted with heavy rains due to south west monsoons.

Loading was quite a challenge due to swell and tidal range of approx. 8–9 metres during low tide at Dahej port.

The Master and crew worked hard in order to complete loading in the fastest possible time. The cargo was delivered timely alongside the vessels hook by Total Movements, which facilitated a fast turnaround.

The voyage was successfully completed in the committed transit time of 35 days despite 6 port calls enroute, delay in the Suez canal crossing and COVID-19 related restrictions at every port.

A successful voyage despite challenging circumstances was possible only due to excellent teamwork and open communication between all parties involved. Daily vessel status updates and excellent co-ordination on the shoreside at ports of discharge ensured that there were no delays or detention to vessel and trailers.

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SAL HEAVY LIFT DURING COVID-19: In operation around the world for you

25 August 2020 | Hamburg

To customers and friends of the shipping community,

We at SAL are working to ensure that we can deliver your cargo around the world, despite the challenges that the global COVID-19 crisis bring upon us all. All our vessels remain fully operational and our office staff are all on the job, either in office or at home, but all dedicated to keep vessels, business, and – first and foremost – your cargo moving.

Safe and Sound

We put safety as our number one priority, which include the health and well-being of our employees. We are taking measures in accordance with recommendations from relevant authorities, making sure that we do our utmost to protect our staff whether onshore or at sea. Here is a short outline of our latest measures:

On board

Our seafarers live in a virologic microcosm on board the vessels. Regretfully, this is even more the case today, as international travel restrictions make it difficult to make any crew changes.  Nevertheless, there are measures in place to protect our many seafarers during their daily work. First and foremost, we make sure that distances are kept and that only limited contact takes place with shore people when our vessels are in port. In contrast to our usually open and welcoming approach on board, we aim to keep any visits to an absolute minimum, and ask for your kind understanding that we cannot accommodate visitors on our vessels for the time being. If on-board attendance cannot be avoided, we ask all visitors to register their visit early so that individual risk assessments can be done and any mitigation measures based on purpose and extend of the visit. While on board our vessels we ask everyone to comply with the safety rules and to keep distance to one another. We keep the right to reject any visitors who do not comply with our hygiene and safety regulations on board. As a general measure, there are sanitation protocols in place, and crews receive regular instructions on the latest preventative and hygiene measures.

In port

Due to the many quarantine restrictions that have been put in place by governments around the world, our vessels can be exposed to longer waiting times at ports. We put our greatest efforts into our vessel planning following the latest updates from governments, to minimize our exposure delays caused by COVID-19 regulations.
We will do our best to keep you updated on ports and vessel schedules which could impact your cargo shipments. We are available at all times if you wish to talk to us.

In office

The SAL Group is not one single office, but rather teams of dedicated people working across continents and time zones. Our offices are adjusting to their own situation as their governments dictate, but with a full contingency plan in place to keep themselves healthy, and fully functioning – whether in office or working from home. We have taken the necessary measures to ensure that our staff remains fully operational, also outside the office.
We wish you all to stay safe and sound and remain at your disposal - ready to respond to your business enquiries.

Kind regards,
Your SAL Heavy Lift Team

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26 May 2020 | Tuticorin, India

SAL Heavy Lift successfully loaded longest windmill blade of 72.4 metres from Tuticorin to Germany exported by NORDEX India Pvt.Ltd.

MV Maria was booked to load the windmill blade and she arrived on time at Tuticorin port on 26th May, 2020 and berthed on arrival. Loading was completed in two hours and after completion of all lashing / securing the vessel sailed on 27th May, 2020.

This is the longest blade to be loaded out from India and another milestone for SAL Heavy Lift who regularly transport wind turbine equipment around the world.

We thank the Tuticorin port authorities for their support to berth the vessel on arrival.

Also thank the vessel’s crew, our local agents SAI Maritime and the stevedoring team for their efficiency.

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SAL Heavy Lift showcases its offshore capabilities with the Greater Changhua Test Pile Project in Taiwan

10 March 2020 | Hamburg

2019 proved to be an important year for SAL Heavy Lift when it came to offshore installation projects. As a highlight the Greater Changhua Test Pile Project in the waters off Taiwan stands out – a project SAL Heavy Lift completed over 3 months together with main contractor Per Aarsleff A/S. It was a complex project whereby SAL could utilize its experience in offshore test piling to ensure a successful project. Making use of MV Lone’s large deck space and a newly installed Fly-Jib, the vessel served as the perfect DP installation platform.

It was SAL’s track record in offshore test piling for offshore wind farms that secured the Greater Changhua Test Pile Project from the Danish engineering and construction house Per Aarsleff A/S. The Greater Changhua Offshore Windfarm is an offshore wind site in the Taiwan Strait ca. 50 km off the coast of Taiwan, which is being developed by Ørsted A/S the Danish utility giant and the holder of the largest offshore wind portfolio in the world. 

SAL was subcontracted for the provision of a DP2 installation vessel, the MV Lone, and to perform pile installation and testing work as part of the pre-piling phase of the project. As the soil of the seabed on the project site had to be ensured, a test foundation was installed on designated locations around the project site. In water depths of 35 m – 40 m, six piles with a length of up to 80m were hammered into the seabed though a special Pile Guide Frame.

To realize the project, a substantial preparation phase was set in motion which turned into the largest mobilization of a vessel in the history of SAL. To be able to lift the long piles vertically, a jib extension to one of the cranes of MV Lone had to be designed, manufactured, installed and tested. This resulted in the Fly-Jib installation on crane no. 2 on Lone which provides up to 23m extra jib length.

The vessel had to be equipped with Temporary Living Quarters (TLQs) and additional lifeboats to be able to host up to 100 people that would be onboard during the project execution. To operate as an offshore installation vessel with so many people on board, MV Lone had to also change its certification from cargo vessel to become a Special Purpose Ship (SPS).

The mobilization took place in Singapore during Spring 2019, where no less than 3 additional SAL vessels supplied the necessary project equipment from both Rotterdam, Shanghai and Esbjerg to the MV Lone. This included, in addition to the Fly-Jib and TLQs, the “Pile Guide Frame” and a special “Load Beam”, both designed and manufactured by Per Aarsleff A/S as well as various purpose built testing equipment, lifting- and handling equipment, the pile driving spread, survey equipment and the ROV spread. In the project port in Taichung, Taiwan six piles were collected, before locating the vessel to the offshore site.

The full test campaign comprised two phases with the tests being performed at two locations.

During the first phase between May and July 2019, two sets of three piles, with a unit weight of up to 140t each, were installed through the Pile Guide Frame at target locations to their required depths.

After a standby period, the second phase taking place during August 2019, involved static and dynamic testing on selected piles on the seabed. These tests provided the engineers from Ørsted with the necessary data to optimize pile design for the planned wind farm.

At the end of the project phase, the installed piles had to be decommissioned from the seabed, making use of a special cutting tool and then lifted back onto the deck of MV Lone transporting them back to shore for recycling.   

With a successful execution completed Project Manager, Peter Munk, Per Aarsleff A/S stated: “The crew of Lone and the SAL Project Team did an outstanding job. We are very impressed with the performance and the results we obtained. It has been a great pleasure to work with the SAL team on this challenging project. Arguably of more importance is the HSE performance which has been excellent”.

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SAL adds further to its digitalization strategy and appoints spearhead

13 January 2020 | Hamburg

SAL Heavy Lift is taking further steps to strengthen and develop its digital landscape by creating a new executive function that focusses on Information Technology and Digitalization.

With the dawn of the new year, SAL is taking action to ensure its further growth strategy, by strengthening its efforts towards digitalization. SAL and owners Harren & Partner have appointed Claas Matthies, Managing Director, as the new group Chief Information Officer (CIO). He takes on the leadership of the group’s digital strategy combined with responsibility for Group Accounting and Merger & Acquisition activities.

“Digitalization of business processes is becoming an ever more competitive parameter and we see great potential in developing our digital landscape even further from today. As a modern and dynamic shipping group, information technology plays a vital role in our further growth and development. I am happy to see Claas taking on this challenge in combination with his other activities within Group accounting and our M&A activities,” states Dr. Martin Harren, CEO, SAL Heavy Lift.

This move aims to contribute to the increased profit growth and strategic development of SAL and Harren & Partner. Alongside this new position comes the appointment of a new Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO), in the form of Mr. Soeren Bibow who joins SAL and Harren & Partner after a more than 20-year long career with leading German corporate banking institutions at which he oversaw shipping and maritime investments.

Dr. Martin Harren goes on to state: “We are extremely pleased to see Soeren joining our management team. His tremendous experience and wide-ranging connections to the international banking world, paired with deep knowledge about Corporate Finance and Controlling, underlines that Soeren will play a key role in developing and executing on our strategic growth targets.”

Soeren Bibow will take on the responsibility for the areas Financing, Treasury and Controlling and be part of the Group Executive Team.

“I look forward to being part of this highly experienced and motivated team and to take on the future challenges and the great work that lies ahead of us. I relish the task of continuing the successful development of SAL and Harren & Partner,” says Soeren Bibow.
The appointments were effective as of 6th January 2020.

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SAL adds three heavy lift vessels to its fleet

17 December 2019 | Hamburg

SAL Heavy Lift is happy to announce that it will expand its fleet with three heavy lift vessels with 800 t lifting capacity in early 2020. They will come to serve breakbulk and heavy lift clients on world markets via SAL's well known Semi-Liner Service, but will also potentially offer new service options.

When the new year 2020 dawns, SAL will see its fleet expanding with three vessels – an addition that aims to strengthen its semi-liner service and underline SAL as a leading player in the heavy lift and project cargo segment. The vessels will enter the SAL fleet as type “171” following the long tradition of categorizing vessels at SAL.
The vessels are reliable workhorses of the well-known and commonly recognized P1 Type design. They are geared with two 400 t SWL cranes capable of lifting up to 800 tons in tandem plus an additional 120 t SWL crane. They will service clients along SAL’s main trade lanes between Europe and the Far East, but also SAL’s more recently introduced Africa service.

Karsten Behrens, Director, SAL Engineering; “The Type 171 vessels come with certain technical features such as ice class E3, equivalent to Finnish/Swedish 1A – amongst the highest in the industry.”

The vessels can operate in arctic areas and SAL will now offer Northeast passage transits when suitable.

Karsten Behrens continues; “The vessels also have very high crane pedestals which provide a much greater lifting height, in fact amongst the best in our fleet. In combination with the strong hydraulic hatch covers and large box-shaped holds with multi-ple tween deck configurations, it gives us an array of options when taking break bulk cargo onboard.”

Sebastian Westphal, CTO, SAL Heavy Lift adds; “The vessels are, as the rest of our fleet, equipped with reliable high-quality machinery. With cranes from TTS-NMF, main engines from MAN and MacGregor hatch covers, the vessels are built with equipment with which we have tremendous experience. Despite obvious design dif-ferences with our other vessels the Type 171 will be reliable work tools in our fleet and will add value.”

SAL is strengthening its fleet during a time when a greater part of its existing heavy lift fleet is engaged in renewable and oil & gas projects.
Dr. Martin Harren, CEO, SAL Heavy Lift says; "I am very happy that we have been able to add these vessels to our heavy lift fleet. This way SAL will be able to service clients who may at times look for ships that can take larger volumes of cargo in combination with heavy lift items. With SAL Engineering providing the engineering solutions and our SAL crew manning the vessels, we continue to offer our well-known SAL quality and know-how, but on a larger scale – something that I am sure clients, both new and existing, will come to appreciate.”

“MV Hanna”, “MV Klara” and “MV Lisa” will join the SAL fleet in the first quarter of 2020. These names represent family members of the former owner Heino Winter Group which will continue to handle the technical ship management of the three vessels.
Dr. Martin Harren concludes: “We have a long-lasting relation with the Winter family, and I am happy to see their continued involvement with these three ‘large ladies’.”

Further details, including specific take over dates and more information about the vessels can be found here on our website.

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SAL Heavy Lift becomes world’s first to equip vessels with new hydrogen / methanol injection technology

11 December 2019 | Hamburg

SAL Heavy Lift sets itself as a green-tech front runner and becomes the first shipping company in the world to adopt a new hydrogen/methanol technology to its fleet. With significant emission reductions in terms of CO2, SOx, NOx and other particles, the injection technology developed by FUELSAVE GmbH paves the way for making shipping greener and more energy efficient.

After more than four years of close cooperation, testing and development between SAL and FUELSAVE GmbH, alongside project stakeholders EcoTune Marine, Classification Society DNV GL as RO for Antigua and Barbuda flag, Carl Baguhn, MAN Energy solutions, M.A.C. System Solutions, AVL and last but not least the flag state administration of Germany, the new and advanced FS MARINE+ hydrogen / methanol injection solution is now entering the next stage of validation, after which it will find its way to six SAL vessels as a permanent installation.

By dynamically injecting a mix of hydrogen, oxygen, water and methanol into selected parts of the air intake of both the main engine and the auxiliary engines, the FS MARINE+ system ensures a much cleaner and thorough combustion process, resulting in reduced primary fuel consumption alongside lowering emissions and air pollution.

“SAL has always been a frontrunner when it comes to innovation and we are dedicated to make shipping more efficient and cleaner by using technologies that creates a long-lasting effect”; says Sebastian Westphal, CTO of SAL Heavy Lift.
He continues: “We have tested a prototype on a generator engine of our MV Annette over more than two years with very convincing results. The FS MARINE+ system not only achieved significant fuel savings, but also emission and air pollution reductions which was verified by 3rd parties both during field trials and in laboratory tests."

Marc Sima, CEO of FUELSAVE GmbH comments; “We are proud to have SAL Heavy Lift GmbH as our customer, and help them to become the most innovative, efficient and sustainable shipping company within their field. With this system we are driving the clean fuel transition with a high impact solution. It can optimize the energy consumption and the environmental impact significantly irrespective of what fuel type you operate your vessel with. Thus, it is applicable with MDO, MGO, HFO, LSFO as well as LNG. We are looking forward together with SAL to take a lead in supporting the shipping industry in its efforts to become more environmentally sustainable."

By investing millions of dollars into retrofitting the system to the main engines and auxiliary engines on existing vessels it may appear that SAL is taking a big financial bet, but the results in terms of savings and payback time proves quite the opposite. Jakob Christiansen, Naval Architect and Head of SAL's Fleet Development Team, states: “We ran the system for two years without a single incident and obtained results that matched the promised numbers. So, we see a technology that meets our green ambitions while also reducing the technical operating costs of the ships”.

The FS MARINE+ generator has proven to make average reductions of 10% less CO2, 15% less SOx, 30-80% less NOx and 40% less particle emissions.
SAL’s MV Trina is the first vessel to be retrofitted with the FS MARINE+ system in Q1 2020. Following a successful system integration on MV Trina, five more vessels will follow – ready to pave the way for a greener & more energy efficient shipping service.

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IMO 2020 – low Sulphur regulation

9 July 2019 | Hamburg

– Letter to Shippers –

Implications of and response to new fuel regulations in the shipping industry

Dear Shipper / Valued Client,

On 1st January 2020 all of us involved in the shipping industry will be part of the biggest single change ever to confront us – the introduction of IMO 2020 – The Sulphur Cap.

The aim of this new regulation is to reduce the amount of Sulphur oxide (SOx) released into the atmosphere which will bring health benefits to all of us. All ships in the world are affected, no matter the ship type, and all Carriers will have to comply.

So, what are the choices?
To meet the SOx cap Carriers – outside of the already established ECA areas – have 2 options:

  1. Use a low Sulphur fuel containing max 0.5% Sulphur – MGO / LSFO / ULSFO
  2. Install a scrubber on board washing out the Sulphur content but allowing continuing use of high Sulphur HFO

How do we evaluate the choices?
Scrubbers are expensive but enable the Carrier to continue using HFO just as they always have. But, scrubbers – as well as requiring additional energy to operate them – produce a physical toxic by-product that must be collected on board and then disposed of either at sea or at a cost, in port. Disposing at sea simply shifts the polluting chemicals from the air to the sea. Disposal on land could mean either burning it or landfill. Either way, the benefits of on-board SOx reductions are quickly offset by the production of another more concentrated pollutant.
Consuming low Sulphur fuel is more expensive than HFO, but emissions are immediately compliant and there is no toxic by-product.

So, what will be SAL’s response?
At SAL, we have been considering both options very carefully. The Scrubber option may offer you – the Shipper – a short term commercial benefit but will do little to reduce pollution and waste. Low Sulphur fuels will be more expensive but will also more readily fulfil the objective of lowering our impact on the environment.

This is why at SAL we have decided to adopt the low Sulphur fuel option and will start the transition process from 1st October 2019 in order that by 1st Jan 2020 all our ships will be fully compliant.

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation and we look forward to building a sustainable future together.

With kind regards,
Justin Archard

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Phillip Brown joins SAL Heavy Lift in USA

14 June 2019 | Houston TX, USA

It is with pleasure that SAL Heavy Lift GmbH and their American subsidiary SAL Heavy Lift Inc. announce the appointment of Mr. Phillip Brown as Vice President – Projects, to the Houston based sales team. Commencing 1st July 2019 Phillip with his extensive knowledge of the U.S. project transport segment will add considerable strength to SAL’s chartering and marketing activities.

Formerly Global Chartering Manager at Global EPC, Fluor Corp., and with a BSc. in Maritime Administration, Phillip is uniquely experienced in understanding the demands of the EPC community. This experience will significantly contribute to SAL’s relentless pursuit of providing industry leading client focused service.
Anders Hyrup, President SAL Heavy Lift Inc. states: “Phillip will be a great asset to our team – his skillset suits our company and the services we market very well. It was clear from our first talk with Phillip that his approach to shipping logistics and value-based service mind-set fits our team perfectly. I know we will benefit tremendously for having Phillip onboard and I am excited to see him joining the team in a few weeks.”

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SAL Heavy Lift fly high with new crane extension – the Fly-Jib

June 2019 | Hamburg

“The sky is the limit” – SAL Heavy Lift is ready to reach further and lift higher with its latest acquisition – a highly configurable crane boom extension that with its modular design offer clients unrivalled lifting height and applicability. The so-called Fly-Jib is designed for the cranes of SAL’s Type 183 vessels (MV Lone & MV Svenja) and can be installed to each of their main cranes’ booms.

MV Lone is the first vessel in the SAL fleet to proudly carry this exciting new piece of equipment.

Sheer excitement was present when SAL witnessed its latest and greatest tool investment – the Fly-Jib – being mounted on to the aft crane of its mighty heavy lift vessel MV Lone. The new Fly-Jib which makes the crane hook towering some 70m high up in the air is a significant step forward for SAL in its heavy lift offering to clients in both offshore renewables and oil & gas markets.

With the much greater lifting height and further outreach, SAL’s new Fly-Jib can meet clients demands when units become ever bigger and where one faces requirements to lift long components vertically – e.g. with offshore wind equipment. A challenge SAL faces just now with an offshore piling project.

Sune Thorleifsson, Head of Marine Projects, SAL states; “Our Fly-Jib has long been on our wish list, but when a client recently approached us with the requirement to support on driving piles into the seabed for an offshore wind project, and the piles be-ing so long that it was otherwise not possible to upend them for installation, we saw the opportunity to realise this long term dream”. 

SAL Heavy Lift’s sister company SAL Engineering has worked intensively with crane maker TTS-NMF to design and develop a Fly-Jib that can suit a wide array of scopes, hence a dismountable and modular design was conceived.

Karsten Behrens, Director, SAL Engineering explains; “We worked for a long time on various designs together with TTS-NMF – the manufacturer of the cranes on our Type 183 vessels. It was essential that in addition to strong lifting capabilities, that it could be configurable in various modes hence adding to its applicability in various working scopes. Therefore, the Fly-Jib can be configured in a long (23 m) or a short (13 m) set-up and is adjustable in three different angles. It is designed to be interchangeable be-tween our Type 183 vessels and can, with modifications to the existing jib, be in-stalled on each of the cranes”.

The Fly-Jib is designed to withstand the forces occurring during a sea voyage and can be installed using only the vessels existing cranes.

Sebastian Westphal, Corporate Director – Ship Management & Engineering adds; “It has been a significant achievement from the entire team behind, from design to manufacturing and then later to installation during a project’s vessel mobilization. It is great to see now that the concept works so well in reality and that the installation procedure of mounting the Fly-Jib onto the existing crane boom proceeded quickly and with no compromise on quality – it is no small thing that you attach. The lifting capabilities the vessel gains with it are tremendous. It will be used many times in the months to come during an offshore wind project and certainly in a number of projects thereafter.”

For work with offshore wind equipment or within oil & gas, SAL can with their new Fly-Jib support a wide array of assignments.  Now equipped on the DPII vessel MV Lone with her two 1000 t SWL cranes, large open deck, a cavernous cargo hold, SPS certification and an unrivalled speed of up to 20 kts proves as a powerful and very versatile package to meet the demands of some of the most extreme challenges in the industry today.

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Buongiorno! SAL Heavy Lift, Italy

SAL Heavy Lift and Intermare Group Create – SAL Heavy Lift, Italy

30 April 2019

SAL Heavy Lift GmbH and Genoa based Intermare Group is very happy to announce the appointment of SAL Heavy Lift, Italy as the official representative for SAL in the Italian market.

Commencing 1st of May 2019, SAL Heavy Lift, Italy will open its doors to existing and new clients and will be greeted by the familiar faces of Mr. Marco Campodonico, Mr. Mauro Morasso, and Mr. Paolo Boccoleri who with more than 75 years of experience between them are the perfect people to extend even further the presence and reputation of SAL in Italy.

Giorgio Morasso, President of Intermare Group, says: “It is our honor in helping SAL Heavy Lift, Italy come to life. SAL has been part of our family and our company for a great many years. We know each other well and we trust each other, and by making this step together we join our family with the SAL family and we look forward to a long and successful future together."

SAL has also recently successfully established a similar entity in Spain that together with Italy offers shippers a focal point that clearly profiles the brand and the service that it represents in the local market.

Justin Archard, Chief Operating Officer of SAL Heavy Lift, adds: “Following on from establishing our Spanish entity SAL Heavy Lift, Spain it became quickly apparent that the format was more in demand than we realised. Italy was a logical next step and because we have shared so much over the years with Intermare and the Morasso family, and because there is a mutual respect, the choice was an easy one to make. I wish SAL Heavy Lift, Italy every success."
SAL Heavy Lift, Italy will reside in Genoa, Italy.

Contact information:
SAL Heavy Lift, Italy Paganini 39/2
16125 Genoa

Tel. +39 01024951

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SAL Heavy Lift delivers bridge sections from China to Norway

January 2019 | Nantong, China – Malm, Norway

SAL Heavy Lift delivers 12 bridge sections for the Beitstadsundbrua bridge from China to Norway. The final bridge is part of the largest road construction project in northern Trøndelag, will measure 580 m in length and will connect the municipalities of Steinkjer and Malm, crossing the Beitstadfjorden. The bridge will make travelling between northern parts of Trøndelag county considerably safer as well as reduce travelling time significantly.


In a mountainous country like Norway, which is cut apart by deep fjords, bridge building is a virtue of necessity. Today there are over 18,000 bridges, summing up to 446 km and each with an average length of 250 m, spread across Norway. The latest addition will be the 580 m long “Beitstadsundbrua”.
Connecting the municipalities of Steinkjer and Malm, whilst crossing the Beitstadfjorden, the Beitstadsundbrua will not only be longer than the average bridge in Norway, but also ensure increased road safety and accessibility. All whilst helping locals to cut down travel times and benefiting the local economy and environment.

“The new County Road (FV 17 and 720) including Beitstadsundet Bridge, will eliminate the distance challenges the region has. The new road and bridge significant increases the municipality of Verran’s opportunities to further develop existing industries and attract new industry. The municipality is now, due to the new road and bridge, in dialogue with industrial companies exploiting establishment of industry in Verran”, states Jacob Almlid, Special Advisor Industry & Commerce at Verran Kommune.

SAL’s heavy lift vessel MV Trina (Type 176) was appointed to support the construction of the new bridge by shipping twelve bridge sections from Nantong, China to Malm, Norway. All twelve sections weigh a total of 2800 t, with the heaviest unit weighing 426 t (73.8 x 9 x 5.8 m) and the longest unit measuring 75 x 5.9 x 5.8 m (327 t).

With a total of four single lifts and eight tandem lifts, the SAL experts were able to stow all twelve bridge sections in two layers under deck, and another layer on deck of the vessel.

“It only took us 35 days to directly sail to Malm from Nantong in China,” Sune Thorleifsson, Head of Projects at SAL explains, “despite the unique conditions in the port of Malm, with an only 20 metre wide jetty and two metres tidal range, it took just six days until we were able to successfully and smoothly deliver 20,668 cbm of cargo to our client.” Due to local port regulations all twelve bridge sections were directly discharged onto SPMT’s, 25 metres away from alongside the vessel. A tailor-made mooring arrangement contributed to the success of the discharging operations.

“During the period of discharge of the bridge segments to the Beitstadsundet Bridge, onto SPMT's for transport to Fosdalen-Industrier AS's assembly site, we experienced a good and professional collaboration with SAL”, says Terje Skjevik, Owner & CEO of Fosdalen-Industrier AS, “we are very satisfied with the overall performance, on HSE, on technical and on schedule. All parties knew the challenging environment for the discharge, in spite of these challenges the operation and collaboration was excellent.”

Thanks to the detailed preparation work, which was done in close cooperation between SAL and their general agent in Norway Messers. Alex Birger Grieg AS, the last bridge section was successfully discharged early January 2019. Installation works are planned to start around Easter. The entire road building project, which involves building new and improved roads between the towns of Sprova, Malm and Dyrstad will be finished and open to public by the end of 2019.

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SAL Heavy Lift, Spain opens its doors

SAL Heavy Lift and Davila Group come together to establish SAL Heavy Lift, Spain

1 April 2019

SAL Heavy Lift GmbH is proud to announce that together with its Spanish business partner Grupo Davila (Davila Group), a new entity has been formed to represent SAL in the Spanish market. As of 1 April 2019, SAL Heavy Lift, Spain will open its doors to Spanish clients.

In charge will be Sr. Carlos Claramunt Lebrón – a familiar name to many, who brings 15 years of commercial and technical experience in the maritime industry to the role.

Eduardo Davila, President of Davila Group, says: “I am honored to have SAL as a close business partner and to be able to present SAL Heavy Lift, Spain to the Spanish market. We share the same passion for shipping and both companies represents the best of shipping within our respective fields. I am confident that with the closer ties we are creating between us, we will provide the best possible service to our clients wherever they are in Spain.”

The concept is a new one to both SAL and Davila. It takes the most relevant elements of each company to create a dedicated and client focused service offering in the local market.

Justin Archard, Chief Operating Officer of SAL Heavy Lift, explains: “With Davila Group, we saw the right partner to advance this concept. We have worked with the Davila Group and family for a long time, and the timing and opportunity for this step suited us both. Davila has been a significant part of the Spanish shipping industry for more than 100 years and I have no doubt that we have the best possible partner to help develop the SAL brand in the Spanish market.”

Carlos Claramunt Lebrón:
15 years of experience within the maritime sector, 5 years in heavy lift shipping. A qualified Naval Architect. Carlos can connect sales and marketing with deep technical knowledge and understanding. SAL Heavy Lift, Spain will reside in Madrid.

Contact information:
SAL Heavy Lift, Spain
Paseo de la Castellana 8, 28046 Madrid, Spain
Tel. +34 914 361977

About Grupo Davila
The Davila Group is a family owned company whose origins date back to its parent company Joaquin Davila & Cia, which was founded in 1917. The Davila Group is a Spanish based company with more than 100 years of experience in the Spanish maritime sector, and with a strong international presence in South America.
The Group’s main services include amongst others: a network of agencies dedicated to the representation of tramp and liner vessels, the managing and development of container and reefer terminals, reparation and maintenance of dry and reefer containers,
project cargo and container forwarding focused in all the different areas of the supply chain, customs agents with special focus in perishable cargo, mega yacht management and brokerage and their own Marina located in Vigo which includes one of the best known restaurants in the city.
The key of the Group’s success resides in its qualified team of professionals and a personalized service to fit customer’s needs.

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SAL completes Horns Rev 3 project

November 2018 | Aalborg, Denmark / Vlissingen, The Netherlands – Esbjerg, Denmark

MV Lone has successfully delivered 49 TP’s of 530 tons each to the Horns Rev 3 project. Due to the exceptional height of the TP’s – 32.27 metres –, a tailor-made TP lifting tool had to be designed by SAL Engineering to replace the usual crane hook.

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SAL Heavy Lift repeats success by signing Horns Rev 3 shipments

13 June 2018 | Hamburg, Germany

SAL Heavy Lift repeats success by signing contract for shipment of a total of 49 transition pieces for the Horns Rev 3 Offshore Wind Farm. The contract has been signed with GeoSea NV, and underlines SAL’s performance and significant track record in the technical heavy lift transport market for complex offshore wind projects.

Once again, SAL Heavy Lift is proud to announce another success in the offshore wind project market, by signing the contract for transporting 49 transition pieces (TPs) for the Horns Rev 3 project. The assignment compiles transportation of TPs from fabrication yards in Aalborg, Denmark and Vlissingen, Netherlands to the project port of Esbjerg in Denmark. SAL’s ability to meet a very demanding project schedule made the decisive factor for GeoSea. Within a very short time, SAL must prepare a full HSSE and Quality plan, create the technical design and finalize the engineering work, execute procurement as well as fabrication of five TP grillages and one lifting tool and get the vessel ready to load the first units.

Philip Stackmann, Project Manager – SAL, explains: “We are proud that GeoSea placed their trust in us for this time-critical project. Looking at a tight time schedule, we draw on past experience and expertise to ensure a safe and successful project. With our ready-made designs for TP grillages and TP lifting tools, which can be modified to the specific needs of our clients, it was possible to meet the demanding requirements of our client.”

GeoSea NV awarded SAL the job, following the contracting of the ongoing Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm project which SAL also undertake for the Belgian marine engineering house.

Justin Archard, Corporate Director – Commercial, states: “Being trusted as business partner for such an important project by GeoSea (DEME Group), shows that SAL is a state of the art technical heavy lift carrier, and adds to our successful track record in this business segment. I am proud that GeoSea chose to contract SAL again.”

This project follows an already extensive list of similar projects that SAL Heavy Lift has executed for construction companies within the offshore wind industry. Starting with the transportation of 68 transition pieces (TPs) to the Veja Mate offshore wind farm in the summer of 2016, following a long engagement transporting 87 monopiles (MPs) and TPs for the Walney Extension offshore wind farm into mid-2017, up to the recent transport of 174 MPs and 68 TPs for Hornsea Project One shows a significant track record in this business segment. Now SAL’s MV Lone will conduct the TP transport for Horns Rev 3.

Each of the 49 TPs measures 32.27 metres in height, has a dimension of 7.12 metres and has a unit weight of 530 tons. The project will start early July and run for a period of approximately 65 days.

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SAL Africa Service to Commence 1 April 2018

26 March 2018 | Hamburg, Germany

SAL Heavy Lift announces a brand new regular service linking West, South and East Africa with North Europe, the Arabian Gulf and Indian sub-Continent.

SAL Heavy Lift is pleased to announce a new regular Africa service in response to the quickly developing oil and gas, refining and transport infrastructure sectors, particularly in West Africa.
Scheduled to provide clients a minimum of two sailings per month in each direction via The Cape of Good Hope, SAL’s famous service quality will now reach even further and offer clients even more options including calls to either North/South America or Australia on inducement.
SAL views a regular Africa service as a logical extension of its existing regular North Europe to Far East service (via Suez) which has been providing clients with high quality engineered shipping services for over 35 years.
Jürgen Kuntz, Head of the Africa Chartering Desk at SAL says of the move: “At SAL our reputation for strong, reliable and effective solutions is well-established. We have considerable knowledge of African operations and excellent partners across the Continent and we hope to build on this with our new venture; not only by offering shipping services but as well providing logistics capabilities and technical, on-site support and consultancy through our sister company, SAL Engineering.”

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Hornsea One – Building on a good foundation

174 monopiles and 68 transition pieces for North Sea wind park

January/February 2018 | Germany/Denmark – UK

With the transport of 174 monopiles and 68 transition pieces for the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm, one of the largest (greenfield) offshore wind farm development in the world, SAL continues the strong track record as technical heavy lift transport supplier to complex offshore wind projects.

SAL’s MV Svenja transports the foundations from fabrication yards in Rostock (Germany) as well as Aalborg (Denmark) to the feeder port in Tees (United Kingdom). Part of the scope is also direct transshipments to GeoSeas installation vessels MV Innovation and MV Sea Installation which adds another technical element to the project execution.
Due to the extraordinary high weight of the MPs, the SAL Engineering team developed a modified seafastening and implemented special lifting equipment from former projects. This highlights the flexibility and sustainable planning of our services to cope with the future requirements in the offshore wind market.
The MPs are resting in special designed saddles while being transported horizontally. A challenge to overcome is the flow of shipments between TPs and MPs, which will change along with the installation sequence of the foundations. This means that MV Svenja will have to rapidly change transport setup between vertical and horizontal shipments of units. Time is essential, but SAL has already shown its capabilities for meeting such a project scope.

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RollDock and SAL Heavy Lift form world’s first Pool for Dock vessels

12 February 2018 | Hamburg/Rotterdam

As of April 1st 2018 the world’s first pool for dock vessels will be established. RollDock and SAL Heavy Lift will join forces for Roll-On / Roll-Off and Float-In / Float-Out heavy lift cargoes. The pool will consist of the combined fleet of 6 vessels and will be managed by RollDock with SAL providing specialized heavy break bulk cargo support.

A great new adventure has commenced between RollDock and SAL Heavy Lift. Both companies represent industry leading brands and solutions within their respective fields of heavy cargo transportation. RollDock has over the past decade developed into a world recognized Roll on / Roll off + Float in / Float out carrier with their fleet of the most technically advanced dock type vessels. SAL Heavy Lift has for over 37 years, been a symbol of premium project shipping solutions with their fleet of high class heavy geared vessels. Offering unmatched opportunities for project markets world-wide, RollDock and SAL will stand together at the very forefront of technical marine heavy transport.

Paul Könst, CEO RollDock explains; “Both SAL and RollDock stands for superior shipping solutions in their respective fields, where we place the engineering part of our work at the forefront. Our companies share the same philosophy on client focus, quality, innovation and safety. With our pool, we will be offering a competitive yet high quality heavy transport service.”

The pool will consist of six geared dock vessels, all being operated under the RollDock brand. Five of the vessels comes from the existing RollDock fleet (S and ST class vessels) and one from SAL (Combi Dock I). Through a strong global network of offices and agents, the pool will have representation in all major regions. Both companies will also continue independently and operate vessels outside the pool.
Martin Harren, Managing Director, SAL states; “Between RollDock and SAL, we quickly saw the advantages of working together. Through a consolidation, we will see a better utilization of the vessels and because we share our network of offices and agents, we can offer global representation of heavy shipping disciplines”.

Justin Archard, Commercial Director, SAL continues: “SAL wants to keep its place in the Roll-On / Roll-Off and Float-in / Float-Out market, however we also realize that our core service is lift operations. Whenever clients look for heavy transportation – with lifting, rolling or floating services or a combination - our setup offers them a one-stop-shop.”

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