April 1 - A new heavy lift shipping and project transportation company - United Heavy Lift - has been founded by former SAL executive Lars Rolner.

Today, April 1, United Heavy Lift moves into its new Hamburg headquarters at Am Kaiserkai 69, located in the Port of Hamburg opposite the Steinweg Terminal, where breakbulk and heavy lift cargoes are often handled.

The newly-established company has also joined forces with Arkon Shipping & Projects, with Arkon's heavy lift chartering department working together with United Heavy Lift to handle the operation of its specialised vessels.

"The heavy lift chartering department of Arkon Shipping has been fully integrated into United Heavy Lift," said Carl-Heinrich Havemann, United Heavy Lift's corporate operations manager.

Thomas Cord, Arkon's managing shareholder, said the company had formed an "alliance" with United Heavy Lift, which will see Arkon market its vessels under Lars Rolner's company brand. 

Readers may recall that Arkon Shipping & Projects recently formed an alliance with Jumbo - the Jumbo Arkon Alliance (JAA). 

However, said Cord, United Heavy Lift will have access to other heavy lift vessels, with the new company's website stating it will also be cooperating with Heino Winter, which owns a fleet of around 15 vessels.

United Heavy Lift says that it was founded in response to the increasing demand for safe and high-quality sea transport of heavy lift and project cargo.

In addition to Germany, United Heavy Lift also has offices in Seoul, Korea, and a fast growing network of agents and representatives in key markets around the world.

"We have a large team of engineers who have years of experience in developing engineering solutions to match the needs of our clients," said Rolner.

HLPFI reported on December 1 that Rolner had left SAL and dedicated himself to maritime engineering company HeavyLift@Sea, which he set up two years prior.