SAL Heavy Lift takes formal delivery of the first semi-submersible deck carrier
SAL Heavy Lift has taken formal delivery of the semi-submersible deck carrier, MV Zhong Ren 121, in Shanghai. The company chartered MV Zhong Ren 121 and its sister vessel MV Zhong Ren 122 in October last year. The company also said both vessels will be marketed through the Jumbo-SAL-Alliance.
Starting with the delivery, SAL Heavy Lift will be engaged in a long-term time charter contract with Shanghai Salvage Company (SSC) to manage and market MV Zhong Ren 121 and MV Zhong Ren 122 for at least two years.
Looking ahead, the company said it is gearing up for the takeover of MV Zhong Ren 122 later this month. The two semi-sub vessels, built in 2022, are equipped with DP2 systems and feasible for roll-on/roll-off cargo and floating-on/floating-off cargo.
Both vessels are 169 metres long and 39.8 metres wide, featuring DP2 technology, 26,000 dwt and the ability to carry floating cargo due to semi-submersible mode. The company said the pair will provide it with the opportunity to undertake cargo transportation and projects previously inconceivable with its existing fleet.
Following delivery, SAL will have the opportunity to utilise the two vessels for cargo transports from Asia to Europe. Afterwards, they will be deployed for an offshore wind farm project in the USA.
Once the wind farm project has been completed, SAL intends to extend the charter contracts with Shanghai Salvage for an additional two to three years.