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Harren & Partner Group partners up with HeavyLift Sea

A new venture in the heavy lift shipping industry is ready to set sail: Bremen-based shipping and logistics group Harren & Partner and the Hamburg-based ship design and engineering service provider HeavyLift@Sea are proud to announce their collaboration.

Hendrik Gröne, Managing Director of HeavyLift@Sea and Jakob Christiansen, Head of Research & Development, Retrofit & Newbuilding at the Harren & Partner Group

After constructive bilateral talks, the Harren & Partner Group acquired a major stake in HeavyLift@Sea. The 14 HeavyLift@Sea engineers will continue to provide their services for the Harren & Partner Group as well as for external clients from their office in Hamburg-Harburg.

Dr. Martin Harren, CEO of the Harren & Partner Group, explains the strategy behind the cooperation: “Heavy lift and MPP shipping has always been a cornerstone of our business. In the next few years, we will successively expedite the development and addition of the fleet towards a new generation of carbon-neutral heavy lift carriers. This requires extensive ship design and engineering capacities. Our new colleagues have invaluable knowledge and experience in the field of building new and converting heavy lift vessels and deck carriers. Personally, I find it extremely gratifying that, from now on, the engineers will be in direct contact with the respective operators. This will allow them to see, inspect and constantly improve their work in a purposeful way. We did this for many years during SAL’s formation and development, and it is one of the reasons why SAL’s ships are technologically superior today.”

Hendrik Gröne, Managing Director of HeavyLift@Sea, is looking forward to the new collaboration: “With its SAL and Intermarine subsidiaries, the Harren & Partner Group is one of the world market leaders in the heavy lift and MPP segment. We see enormous potential for new buildings. I am sure that with our expertise in this area, we can further advance both our engineering capabilities and the flexibility of the group. It is a perfect fit for us because the Harren & Partner Group – with its affiliated companies – secures our team’s basic capacity utilisation for the next few years.”

Jakob Christiansen, Head of Research & Development, Retrofit & Newbuilding at the Harren & Partner Group, is taking on the role of Managing Director of HeavyLift@Sea alongside Hendrik Gröne. Christiansen stresses: “SAL Engineering has already 40 engineers working on maritime engineering solutions for our fleet – with some potential to grow in the area of ship design. We are now closing this gap. The cooperation with HeavyLift@Sea is the logical next step for us to secure experience and know-how. The new colleagues have extensive technical knowledge that perfectly complements our engineers’ expertise. By joining forces, both Harren & Partner and HeavyLift@Sea will strengthen their service portfolios. Customers will benefit from more choices and better solutions.”

About HeavyLift@Sea:

The Hamburg-based company was founded in 2012. The team at the maritime engineering company offers design and planning for the heavy lift shipping and offshore sectors taking on projects ranging from the design of individual lifting tools to the development of special ships. Experienced engineers with background at shipyards as well as crane manufacturers form an integral team for specialized ship design and engineering services.

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About Harren & Partner: The Harren name is synonymous with over 30 years of experience and expertise in the ever-changing world of shipping. Founded by Captain Peter Harren in Bremen in 1989, the shipping group employs around 400 people ashore and about 3,000 crew members. Today, the privately owned business is a diverse group of companies with strong brands: SAL Heavy Lift, Jumbo-SAL-Alliance, SAL Engineering and Intermarine are four of the world’s leading companies in the maritime transport sector for heavy lift, wind and project cargo. Combi Lift is specialised in multimodal door-to-door and turnkey forwarding concepts, while Harren Tankers and Harren Bulkers are responsible for the commercial and technical management of the group’s tankers and bulkers fleet.

Harren & Partner also provides high-quality ship management services to in-house and international third-party clients. The fleet currently consists of 82 units – heavy lift carriers, bulkers, tankers, dock ships, container vessels, tugs, barges and offshore vessels. With specialised teams for the different types of ships and strong shipping DNA in its business culture, Harren & Partner guarantees the highest standards of quality both ashore and at sea.

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