United Heavy Lift (UHL) and Ocean7 Projects have opened a joint agency office in Dubai, UAE that will be led by Anup Antony.

Antony joins the United Ocean 7 brand from Zeamarine and brings with him his experience in Dubai and strong relationships with Indian and Middle Eastern clients.

UHL has had a wish to extend our presence in the Middle East/India for some time,” Christian Monsted, managing director of the UHL Denmark office explained. “[It is] a very important region for UHL, as it is in the middle of our usual trade lane from Europe to Asia and vice versa.”

The office will focus on chartering and will be a “valuable addition to our operational UHL agencies Lexicon Overseas in India and Electra Shipping Services in Dubai,” Monsted added. The expansion of the UHL chartering network goes hand in hand with the growing United Engineering Solutions’ agency of maritime engineers, also located in India.

Antony said: “The new joint office shall enable us to service this region with more focus on our trusted customers.”

Ocean7’s ceo Stefan Petersen added: “We are pleased to expand our successful cooperation with UHL along with local partners and the concept has proven that jointly we can enhance our ability of offering a wider and specialised scope to our close customers”.

This is the third joint branch office opened by UHL and Ocean7; last year the carriers established presences in Bergen (Norway) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). The group also has sub-branches in Beijing (China) and Tokyo (Japan).