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SAL - Full-Service Heavy Lift Shipping

SAL is the exclusive agent for one of the most modern fleets of heavy lift vessels currently in the market. Its wide ranging experience makes SAL the partner of choice for the safe delivery of all types of project cargoes.

Cargo portfolio

Over the past 30 years, SAL have developed an extensive portfolio of international clients who rely on our services. Amongst the companies who seek out the expertise of SAL are some of the most renowned actors in the project market. A common feature of all our clients is the high value of their cargo that needs to be transported in a safe and time-sensitive manner. Thus, conscientious care and handling of the cargo is of utmost importance. Amongst the wide variety of cargo transported by SAL a number of key areas have emerged which include energy (wind energy, power plants, oil and gas), cranes, heavy machinery, floating cargo and offshore equipment (oil and gas).

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14 high speed heavy lift vessels

With a high service speed of up to 20kt, vessels under SAL agency are able to offer extremely short transit times, imperative for time-sensitive cargoes. Apart from its high speed, all 14 vessels are characterised by their lean structure and low draft making them highly flexible and well equipped to reach even less accessible ports. With their crane capacity of up to 1,400mtons SWL, the vessels are able to rely on their own equipment for loading and discharging in most ports world-wide. Equipped with these on-board cranes and related cargo-handling equipment, all vessels are designed to visit both remote ports and oil fields around the world. With their modern gear, the vessels can operate as heavy-lift installation vessels (HLIV) and platform transportation vessels (PTVs).

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New generation of heavy lift vessels – Type 183

In 2010/2011 SAL's fleet will experience another significant growth with the delivery of two new heavy lift vessels of Type 183. The Type 183 represents a new generation of heavy lift ships. In collaboration with the German Sietas shipyard SAL has developed a vessel type that corresponds to market demands and features the most advanced technology. Both heavy lift vessels will be equipped with two 1,000mtons SWL portside cranes with a combined lifting capacity of up to 2,000mtons SWL. Similar to the current fleet the new buildings will have a high speed of 20kt. Another innovation of the type 183 is the capability to trade with an open hatch? to accommodate oversized cargoes. In addition, the vessels will be equipped with a Kongsberg Dynamic Positioning System.

Company profile

In 1980, the modern SAL office was founded by Hans Heinrich. In 1984, Hans Heinrich, together with his brother Claus, took over the management of three vessels from their father Paul Heinrich (PH). In the same year, the first geared vessels with 2 x 38mtons SWL were ordered. A little more than two decades later, the four new buildings of type 176 feature cranes with up to 700mtons SWL each. Since 2001 SAL has been under the joint management and ownership of the Heinrich and Rolner families and has grown to a staff of almost 100 ashore and about 500 crew members on the vessels worldwide. In April 2007, SAL entered a joint venture with the "K" Line Group headed by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisa, Ltd., Tokyo. The joint venture by these two shipping companies with their long histories will offer customers a wide variety of synergy effects.

World wide cargo handling and transportation

While the SAL main office is located in Germany, a world wide network of agents and offices ensures the efficiency of local cargo handling. Since 2001, SAL is directly represented in China by its SAL Shanghai representative office. A Beijing representative office was launched in 2007. With the joint venture between "K" Line and SAL, an office has been opened in "K" Line's Tokyo head office in 2007 to fully implement all aspects of this new partnership. Since September 2007, SAL is also represented directly in the UK: the SAL UK Representative Office is located in "K" Line's Europe headquarter in London. In 2009, SAL opened offices in Genoa/Italy, Fremantle/Western Australia and Helsinki/Finland, in 2010, an office in the "K" Line America Inc. premises in Houston followed.

SAL Schiffahrtskontor Altes Land GmbH & Co. KG
Bürgerei 29
21720 Steinkirchen

Tel: +49 4142 - 8181-0
Fax: +49 4142 - 810281/82