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Jumbo Shipping, SAL Heavy Lift and Intermarine Form Break Bulk Alliance

Mike Schuler
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February 28, 2024

Dutch heavy-lift specialist Jumbo Shipping and German breakbulk and project cargo company SAL Heavy Lift are teaming up with U.S.-based multipurpose and liner operator Intermarine to establish the new JSI Alliance.

The alliance, scheduled to launch on March 1, 2024, will boast a combined fleet of 50 vessels.

The JSI Alliance is a continuation of the commercial alliance formed between Jumbo and SAL, a sister company to Intermarine, in 2021. Similar to the Jumbo-SAL alliance, the new alliance will offer unified commercial entry points for sales and marketing through their joint network of offices and agents across 23 countries. The versatile fleet of around 50 vessels includes multipurpose vessels to the world’s most advanced heavy lift ships with a lifting capacity of up to 3,000 t SWL.

Intermarine President Richard Seeg said that combination will add more services and an expanded reach, especially in the Americas.

“We’re a sister company to SAL, which means we’ve had some cooperation up to this point. But forming a real commercial joint venture and alliance marks the beginning of a new and greater adventure,” he said.

Laurens Govers, Director Chartering & Projects at Jumbo Shipping, also expressed confidence in the wider service scope of the JSI Alliance.

“We can combine standard multipurpose ships, with mighty heavy lifters, deck carriers and even in some case bulk vessels – all under our operation and management. I’ve been in bulk, breakbulk and project shipping for over three decades now, and I’ve never seen a commercial solution as comprehensive as this,” he said.

SAL Heavy Lift Managing Director Jens Baumgarten noted that the JSI Alliance’s formation was a natural progression from the closer commercial cooperation with Intermarine.

JSI Alliance will replace Jumbo-SAL-Alliance as the unified marketing platform and brand; however, Jumbo, SAL, and Intermarine will remain independent as operators and owners.

The alliance will also unify all sales offices from day one, and back-office support functions such as engineering, QHSE, and project management will contribute to the alliance organization, maximizing synergies between the entities.

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