BBC Chartering is launching a new division exclusively for moving high-end heavy lift cargo. The announcement comes after a hat trick of heavy lift newbuilds were delivered to BBC this year increasing the companies lifting capacity from 500mt to 800mt.
BBC Chartering says it will use its service hubs in Leer, Singapore and Houston to set up the new division that looks to include 22 vessels specific to the segment by the end of 2013.
BBC Chartering’s recent deliveries, heavy lift vessels BBC Everest, BBC Fuji, and BBC Amber are part of an extensive fleet modernization and renewal program plan for BBC Chartering. The “new wave”, as it is called, includes the construction of 14 heavy lift vessels with 800mt lifting capacity to commence service over the next two years. The company is also building eight additional heavy lifters with a lifting capacity up to 700mt.
Svend Anderson, Managing Director of BBC Chartering talks of this kind of high end, specialty cargo that the new division will focus on: “We are aware of the fact, that operating and marketing of vessels capacity is not sufficient if we strive for a leading role in this high end cargo market. Many projects in this range follow a different sales cycle and delivery process if compared to our traditional business, especially regarding the required transport engineering.”
“We can clearly see the benefits of a project oriented organization for these types of cargo,” he added.
BBC Chartering says it has hired Roberto Frigeni to run the new division.