New owners of SAL Heavy Lift reregister six ships back to the German flag

Returned to German control, the new owners of SAL Heavy Lift have wasted little time in stamping their footprint on the carrier, reflagging six ships to the German flag.

Bremen-based Harren and Partner bought out Hamburg-headquartered SAL Heavy Lift in July after Japan’s Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) decided to give up its 10-year dalliance in the heavylift sector.

Harren & Partner has quickly set about restrucuting its new acquistion, closing a Dutch offshore office last week and now going about reregistering a portion of the fleet.

“It was a logical consequence: a German family-owned business with German-built vessels, operated by many German officers, and now provided by all the advantages of a German Flag,” commented Toshio Yamazaki, CEO of SAL Heavy Lift.

The SAL Heavy Lift fleet today comprises 21 ships. Harren & Partner, its new owner, already controls another heavylift outfit, Combi Lift.

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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