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Intermarine Boosts Heavy-Lift Fleet

[ January 12, 2024   //   ]

Intermarine, the multipurpose carrier for the Americas and collaborator with the heavy-lift Jumbo-SAL-Alliance, said Jan. 10 that it will expand its fleet with four heavy-lift vessels.

Intermarine has secured four vessels on long-term charter, sailing under the names Industrial Fraternity (F360), Industrial Skipper (F500), Industrial Swift (F500) and Louise Auerbach (F300). The vessels within the next few weeks will join global trade routes with a focus on enhancing connections between Europe, Africa and the Americas — bolstering the company’s transatlantic network, the carrier said.

 “We’ve always had a dynamic blend of owned vessels and time-charter ships in our fleet,” said Intermarine CEO Svend Andersen. “It’s a fundamental aspect of our business model. This approach gives us a versatile modus operandi, offering a diverse array of ships precisely tailored to meet the wide variety of customer requests and demands. By adding these modern heavy-lift vessels, we can build on our services with an extremely attractive offering. I’m confident our customers will appreciate it right from the start.”

These vessels will integrate into the portfolio shared by Intermarine and the Jumbo-SAL-Alliance. The F500 vessels are equipped with two 250-ton cranes (combinable to 500 tons). The F360 has two 180-ton cranes (combinable to 360 tons), and the F300 has two 150-ton cranes (combinable to 300 tons). Built in 2016-2017, the F500 types represent some of the newest, most efficient vessels in the sector, at 147 meters and a draft of 7.5 meters.

Industrial Fraternity and Louise Auerbach will commence operations from northern Europe. Industrial Skipper sets sail from Brazil and Industrial Swift departs from the Mediterranean Sea.

“These vessels represent not only exceptional capabilities but also crucial strategic assets for both Intermarine and the Jumbo-SAL-Alliance,” said Harren Group CEO Martin Harren. “With this strategic commitment, we can cater to a more extensive customer base, reinforcing our dedication to meeting our clients’ evolving demands. We consistently ensure that our fleet is well-aligned and equipped with the necessary technical capabilities to address the ever-growing needs of our customers. We look forward to serving both new and existing clients, leveraging the strength of these remarkable vessels.”

Harren Group, which operates SAL and Intermarine as part of the Jumbo-SAL-Alliance took a 50-percent stake in Intermarine in late 2020 and fully acquired the shipping line in November 2022.