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SAL launches world's largest heavy lift ship, opens Singapore office

SAL launches world's largest heavy lift ship, opens Singapore office

Singapore: Germany-based Schiffahrtskontor Altes Land (SAL) has into service the world's largest heavy lift vessel and opened a new office in Singapore. Svenja, which boosts lifting capacity of 2,000 tonnes and speed of 20 knots, was built in six months at Siestas shipyard in Germany. SAL will be putting a sister ship into service in March this year.

The order for the two heavy lifters is worth 120m euros ($163.8m). The 2000-tonne heavy lift capacity surpasses the 1,800 tonne capacity vessel owned by Dutch firm Jumbo Shipping. "We decided to stop at 2,000 tonnes but we might see vessels with higher lifting capacity in future," said Lars Rolner, managing director of SAL. Svenja can operate as an 'open-top' ship when transporting very large dimension cargoes, and it is equipped with a dynamic positioning system.

 The arrival of Svenja also marks SAL opening a sales office in Singapore, enabling the company to cover the Southeast Asian region such as markets in Indonesia, Malaysia and Indonesia.  [25/01/11]

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