Flag back for SAL Heavy Lift
Six vessels will refly the German flag within 2017
The new shareholders of SAL Heavy Lift is to complete soon the full process of renationalization of the fleet. One of the leading heavy lift carriers worldwide will be returning to the German Flag, with the home port of Hamburg, the city in which SAL Heavy Lift is established; 6 of its vessels will shortly be flying the German flag, starting with Svenja (already flagged back) then followed by Trina, Anne-Sofie, Regine, Maria and Wiebke.
“We are very proud to return to the German Flag which stands for quality, safety and compliance; these are core values in SAL. It was a logical consequence: a German family owned business with German built vessels, operated by many German officers, and now provided by all the advantages of a German Flag” Toshio Yamazaki, CEO of SAL Heavy Lift states.
By choosing the German flag SAL Heavy Lift also contributes to maintaining the German maritime cluster with its unique shipping know-how. Training on board vessels flying the German flag is ranked top-class internationally. In the long term, top level maritime training in Germany can only be sustained with seafarers employed under the German flag.
Working together with the German Social Accident Insurance Institution for Commercial Transport, Postal Logistics and Telecommunication (BG Verkehr) and DNV GL as classification society, the re-flagging process will be handled by leading specialists.
The decision to re-flag follows careful considerations on the fleet management process in SAL. “In view of the many benefits of the German Flag, we decided to initiate the re-flagging process. We are happy with the good cooperation we have had with BG Verkehr and DNV GL on the matter, and I know our crew onboard is proud to hoist the German flag” Sebastian Westphal, Corporate Director Ship Management at SAL, said.
SAL Heavy Lift was founded in 1980 as Schiffahrtskontor Altes Land GmbH & Co. KG and is now a member of the Harren & Partner Group.
The modern fleet of 21 heavy lift vessels offers highly flexible options to customers, boasting an impressive travel speed of 20 knots, up to 3,500 square metres of unobstructed main deck space and combined crane capacities ranging from 550 to 2,000 tons.