United Heavy Lift (UHL) is opening an office in Houston, Texas, to meet the needs of its customers in the USA.

The office is expected to commence operations on November 1, 2020, and will be managed by Rene Pedersen.

Pedersen joins UHL with 18 years of experience in the multipurpose heavy lift shipping industry. Most recently, he served as director of chartering at Intermarine.

Eileen Wang has been appointed as business development executive, effective December 1.

Previously, UHL was commercially represented in North America by Intermarine. The agency agreement, which was announced earlier this year, will end October 31, 2020.

Dominik Stehle, chief commercial officer at UHL, said: “Houston has always been an important shipping hub and is considered the energy capital of the world. We want to be present in this market and serve the world’s largest EPC contractors, oil and gas companies, and project forwarders.

“With Rene Pedersen and Eileen Wang, we recruited top professionals to help us establish UHL in the USA.”