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SAL Heavy Lift signs long-term contract for Walney Offshore Wind Project

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SAL Group logoSecond major contract for transport of transition pieces follows the success at Veja Mate Offshore Wind Farm Project

Hamburg, 20 October 2016 – SAL Heavy Lift signs a major contract with Van Oord for a long term engagement at the Walney Offshore Wind Project. MV “Svenja” is chartered for 30 voyages for transportation of 87 monopiles from Rostock (D) to Belfast, 47 transition pieces from Aalborg (DK) and 40 from Teesside (UK) to Belfast (UK). In total an amount of 87 monopiles with diameter up to 8,40m and weight up to 970tons per monopile as well as 87 transition pieces will be transported. The transition pieces are measuring up to 30m with up to 7m diameter and are weighing up to 579tons. This is the second major contract, SAL signed for Offshore support in 2016. With its vessel MV “Trina” SAL has just finalized the Veja Mate Offshore Wind Farm project, transporting in total 68 transition pieces in eleven consecutive voyages from Aalborg to Eemshaven.  

With the award of the Walney contract, SAL directly benefits from its flawless performance at the Veja Mate Offshore Project. At this recently finished project SAL’s MV “Trina” was engaged from early summer 2016. In eleven consecutive voyages she transported not only 67 transition pieces with an individual weight of 365 tons, measuring 22m x 6m in diameter, but also 67 Air Tight Platforms and 67 Anode Cages. Pieter Poelsma, Manager Transport and Logistics, from OWF (Offshore Wind), stated: ”The commitment of SAL Heavy Lift GmbH to HSE, Quality, workmanship, and eagerness to complete the project correctly and within the allotted schedule is greatly appreciated. The project was a great success. For future projects we therefore recommend SAL Heavy Lift GmbH and their services.” The professional execution of SAL’s support at the Veja Mate Project convinced Van Oord to choose SAL as their preferred carrier for the long term engagement at the Walney Offshore Wind Project.

Holger Krenz, SAL’s Head of Project Management said: “The winning relationship with our client OWF ensured high efficiency during the project preparation phase and the later operations. As a consequence, the project could be finalized in time and within the quality requirements from OWF. We aim for the same within the Walney project”.

About SAL Heavy Lift

SAL Heavy Lift, a member of the “K” Line Group, is one of the world’s leading carriers specialized in sea transport of heavy lift and project cargo. The company was founded in 1980 as “Schiffahrtskontor Altes Land GmbH & Co. KG” and belongs to “K” Line Group since 2011. The modern fleet of 13 heavy lift vessels offers highly flexible options to customers. The vessels of SAL Heavy Lift boast an impressive travel speed of 20 knots, up to 3500 square metres of unobstructed main deck space and combined crane capacities ranging from 550 to 2000 tons: amongst the world’s highest lifting capacity in the heavy lift sector. As a leading global company in the heavy lift and project cargo segment, the company meets the highest standards with regard to quality, technical innovation and health, safety and environment.


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