August 5 - Hamburg headquartered United Heavy Lift has been appointed commercial manager for J.M. Baxi Group's newbuild deck carrier VirVarenya.

The heavy lift module carrier will join the charter fleet of United Heavy Lift from August 2016.

Lars Rolner, founder and managing director of United Heavy Lift, said: "We are delighted that J.M. Baxi Group, in the form of its subsidiary Boxco Logistics, has selected United Heavy Lift as the commercial manager for VirVarenya. The deck carrier suits us perfectly, as with our fleet, we offer a comprehensive range of options for the various niches in the heavy lift market."

Rolner said that talks are already underway with potential customers for the deck carrier. "The demand is there in the market. We are already getting a large number of enquiries, particularly as we take care of all the engineering work associated with chartering the vessel."

United Heavy Lift is able to offer complete engineering packages from the provision of transport, lashing calculations, through to the final method statement. We have a team of 16 in-house engineers in addition to a team of port captains and QHSE coordinators," Rolner added.

Construction and commissioning of VirVarenya was completed in June 2016. The 10,000 dwt ship has an overall length of 130 m, a 25 m breadth and draft of just 5.3 m, which means it can be deployed worldwide. Its 2,700 sq m deck has a stress load of 20 tonnes per sq m. This makes VirVarenya suited for the transportation of tripods and transition pieces, as well as foundations and tower sections for wind turbines.

"At the moment, we see that customers for chartering the deck carrier are primarily in the northern European market. At the same time, the markets in Africa and Near East are developing strongly - for the waters and ports there a shallow draft is of crucial importance for a deck carrier," Rolner explained.