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.