Creating a new commercial heavy weight in project and breakbulk shipping
Jumbo Shipping, the Dutch maritime heavy lift transport and engineering contractor, and SAL Heavy Lift, the German-based breakbulk and project cargo specialist, have commenced operations with their joint venture as the Jumbo-SAL-Alliance.
Combining their fleets and all commercial activities, SAL and Jumbo are gearing up to create a new powerhouse in the heavy lift sector.
Both companies believe that this move propels them to a greater level of geographical outreach and commercial capacity as the single commercial entry point for its joint sales network of offices and agents in 20+ countries.
Significantly, it handles the complete marketing of 30 highly versatile project cargo vessels with lifting capacities up to 3,000 t SWL, marking it as the largest fleet in the 800+ t sector.
This ensures availability, flexibility and the right transport concept at the right time for customers seeking reliable and high quality shipping solutions.
Michael Kahn, Managing Director of Jumbo, said: “This joint venture is a big step for both of us. In the past few years, it became increasingly clear that the benefits of collaboration heavily outweigh the traditional way of doing business.
"Our client base and interests have changed and to remain an effective global player in our field of activity, you always need to adapt and innovate. Not only on a technical level, but also commercially."
The Jumbo-SAL-Alliance stands for the highest QHSE standards with the goal of creating a complete maritime transport solution for both breakbulk and specialised transportation scopes around the globe.
Jens Baumgarten, Director Chartering at SAL Heavy Lift, adds: “This collaboration allows us to bring an unrivalled shipping product to market. It provides a solid answer to the needs of big contractors and EPCs as well as manufacturers and forwarders.
"On one side, we can handle regular or spot-market breakbulk cargoes. On the other, we have the experience and the assets to handle very large and long-term scopes, including arranging third-party tonnage or whatever is needed to make good on our ‘one-stop-shop’ promise.
"Simply said, we want our customers to be happy during and after each and every project. This way, they will trust us to deliver a new heavy lift solution for them the next time.”
Jumbo and SAL are highly complementary, both in terms of fleets as well as human resources, both ashore and on board, while sharing many of the same values in terms of quality, safety and solutions focus.
The joint venture was cleared by the German competition authority earlier this month. Note that both SAL and Jumbo continue as independent operators and vessel owners and both remain active brands in the market.
Felix Peinemann, VP Sales Shipping at Jumbo, states: “The Jumbo-SAL-Alliance merges the global chartering and marketing activities of both companies, creating one large, joint sales organisation.
"Both brands retain their market presence in addition to the new set-up."