Monday, 5 September 2016

United Heavy Lift adds a deck carrier to its fleet - 05/09/2016

United Heavy Lift adds a deck carrier to its fleet

J.M. Baxi Group, a 100 year old group of companies specialised in maritime logistics and port infrastructure, has commissioned United Heavy Lift for the commercial management of its newly constructed deck carrier, the MV Vir Varenya. The heavy-lift module carrier has now been added to the charter fleet of United Heavy Lift, and is managed globally from the company's head office in Hamburg. United Heavy Lift, which specialises in project transportation and the commercial management of heavy cargo vessels, is thus enlarging its fleet of versatile heavy-lift vessels to serve another specific market segment with the deck carrier.

Lars Rolner, founder and managing director of United Heavy Lift, stated: ‘We are delighted that J.M. Baxi Group, in the form of its subsidiary Boxco Logistics, has selected United Heavy Lift as the commercial manager for the Vir Varenya. The deck carrier suits us perfectly, as with our fleet, we offer a comprehensive range of options for the various niches in the heavy-lift market.’

Talks are already under way with potential customers for the deck carrier, and initial contracts are currently being worked on. ‘The demand is there in the market. We are already getting a large number of enquiries, particularly as we take care of all the engineering work associated with chartering the vessel,’ explained Lars Rolner. ‘We have a team of 16 in-house engineers in addition to a team of port captains and QHSE coordinators.’Thus, the company can offer complete engineering packages, from the provision of transport to lashing calculations and through to the final method statement.

J.M. Baxi Group is pleased to appoint United Heavy Lift due to its extensive experience and knowledge of the sector.

An overview of the MV Vir Varenya

The MV Vir Varenya, completed in China in June 2016, can transport large components for the wind energy and offshore industries. For example, the special-purpose vessel can transport foundations and tower sections for wind turbines as well as tripods or transition pieces cost-effectively and efficiently on its almost 2,700 square metre deck. The stress load can be up to 20 tonnes per square metre. With an overall length of 130 metres, a moulded breadth of 25 metres and a dead weight of 10,000 tonnes, the deck carrier has a design draught of only 5.3 metres. This means it can be deployed anywhere in the world.

‘At the moment, we see that customers for chartering the deck carrier are primarily in the northern European market,’ said Lars Rolner. ‘At the same time, the markets in Africa and the Near East are developing strongly. For the waters and ports there, a shallow draught is of crucial importance for a deck carrier.’

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