October 17 - Jumbo Maritime and BBC Chartering have agreed to an exclusive strategic cooperation - the Global Project Alliance - effective immediately.

Initially the partners will focus on offering their combined solutions by jointly bidding on specific projects. By joining forces, the shipping lines claim that the alliance offers unrivalled project logistics solutions to project and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) companies.

BBC Chartering operates a fleet of 180 vessels with lifting capacities of up to 900 tonnes. Jumbo's fleet of ships have lifting capacities as high as 3,000 tonnes.

Svend Andersen, ceo of BBC Chartering, said: "Jumbo and BBC Chartering make a great match... We realise that the world of project shipping is changing rapidly, and that our organisations need to focus on building strategic assets that will enable them to create value in the future."

Twan Voogt, chief compliance officer of Jumbo, added: "As alliance partners we seek to fully utilise our potential arising from BBC Chartering's market position as leader in the volume market for projects and from Jumbo's market position as leader in super-heavy lift projects."

Both parties are aiming to increase the value they can deliver to customers, including but not limited to, pre-and on-carriage, documentation and container consolidation when demanded by the project. The companies added that, if necessary, they will supplement their own fleets with additional ro-ro tonnage.

Whilst both partners have agreed to an exclusive cooperation they will continue to operate as separate entities.