Intermarine and SAL Heavy Lift are setting up a joint venture office in São Paulo, Brazil.

The formation of a joint office follows the October 2020 deal that saw Intermarine join SAL Heavy Lift Group. The two companies said that the office will strengthen their operations in South America and expand their activities within the project cargo and breakbulk sectors.

Natalie Jones, a veteran in the Brazilian breakbulk and project cargo sector, will head the office. She has worked with leading carriers, including Intermarine, for more than 25 years.

Jones and her team of five commercial and chartering personnel will focus on servicing the needs of worldwide customers, supporting Intermarine’s Americas liner service and the heavy lift shipping activities of SAL Heavy Lift.

“Brazil holds plenty of opportunities – especially within the power, energy and infrastructure arenas,” said Jones. “With the combined services of Intermarine and SAL, our team has a very strong product to market, and I look forward to growing both business and brands together with the rest of the international teams.”

Svend Andersen, Intermarine ceo, added: “I have done business in Brazil for more than 30 years and know the great importance of the country on the global heavy lift and breakbulk scene. With our new joint establishment, we will offer our customers a local access point to a truly unique service with the combination of SAL’s global project and semi-liner services and Intermarine’s very strong Americas liner service and breakbulk business.”

The office will target the growth taking place in the industrial, renewables, offshore oil and gas and power sectors in Brazil and South America.