BigRoll unwinds

After just four and a half years, Dutch heavylift joint venture BigRoll is set to unfurl.

Launched in 2013 as a 50:50 JV between Spliethoff’s BigLift and Rolldock Shipping with a focus on ultra large and modular cargoes, the four-ship red liveried fleet will be divided evenly between the two divorcing partners when they split on January 1. The pair will however see out ongoing contracts together.

Among BigRoll’s most significant contracts in its short lifespan has been helping develop the huge Yamal LNG project in Russia.

The partnership foundered over differing opinions over commercial strategy, insiders say.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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