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SAL Heavy Lift targets offshore wind with new vessel charters

Photo: SAL Heavy lift vessel MV Zhong Ren
SAL Heavy Lift is adding two top modern semi-submersible deck carriers through long term charters with its partner Shanghai Salvage.

The Zhong Ren 121 and Zhong Ren 122 will be delivered in Shanghai between December 2023 and February 2024 and marketed through the Jumbo-SAL-Alliance.

“This project is extremely important to us as a group, both commercially and strategically,” said Dr Martin Harren, CEO of SAL Heavy Lift and the Harren Group.

The new vessels are designed to meet the requirements for more powerful heavy lift vessels in the offshore wind sector. 

The 26,000 dwt vessels are 169 m long, 39.8 m wide, fitted with ultra-modern DP2 technology, and accommodation facilities for up to 59 people.

SAL has been working intensively on the topic of semi-submersible deck carriers for years. In 2021, a special department was founded for this purpose. SAL has been acting as commercial agent for two Pan Ocean deck carriers since 2017, gaining valuable experience in the project-based chartering of external tonnage.

“‘Zhong Ren 121 and Zhong Ren 122 will empower us to undertake cargo transportation and projects previously inconceivable with our existing fleet,” explains Matthieu Moerman, Director Chartering & Project at Jumbo-SAL-Alliance.

 “They will expand our capabilities, opening doors to new markets. By adding the two vessels, we can offer more marine transport solutions as a group.”

Following delivery, SAL will have the opportunity to utilise the two vessels for cargo transports from Asia to Europe. Afterwards, they will be deployed for an offshore wind farm project in the USA.

Once the wind farm project has been completed, SAL intends to extend the charter contracts with Shanghai Salvage for an additional two to three years.

“I envision a vast potential for these vessels which further solidifies our strategic focus on the renewable energy sector,” stated Alberto Aguilaniedo, Manager Chartering & Projects at Jumbo-SAL-Alliance.