Heavy shipping companies RollDock and SAL Heavy Lift are to join forces to offer what they describe as ‘the world’s first pool for dock vessels’, providing roll-on / roll-off and float-in / float-out services for heavy lift cargoes. The pool will be effective as of 1 April 2018.
The pool will comprise six geared dock vessels, all being operated under the RollDock brand. Five of the vessels comes from the existing RollDock fleet (S and ST class vessels) and one from SAL (Combi Dock I).
The companies said that their strong global network of offices and agents means the pool will have representation in all major regions.
Both companies will also continue independently and operate vessels outside the pool.
Paul Könst, RollDock chief executive officer, said, “Our companies share the same philosophy on client focus, quality, innovation and safety. With our pool, we will be offering a competitive yet high quality heavy transport service.”
Martin Harren, SAL managing director, said, “Between RollDock and SAL, we quickly saw the advantages of working together. Through a consolidation, we will see a better utilisation of the vessels and because we share our network of offices and agents, we can offer global representation of heavy shipping disciplines.”