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Hamburg (February 26, 2021). We cordially invite you to share a special moment with United Heavy Lift (UHL). Please join via live stream the naming ceremony for our newbuilding heavy lift vessel F900 Eco-Lifter UHL FAITH.

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Naming ceremony for the F900 Eco-Lifter UHL FAITH

06 March 2021 at 4 p.m. (CET)


UHL took delivery of the newbuilding at the CSSC shipyard in Hudong, China in February 2021. UHL FAITH will finish her maiden voyage to Hamburg, Germany. Due to weather-related delays, the naming ceremony will be postponed to take place on March 6th, 2021 in Hamburg.

“The fact that UHL FAITH is completing her maiden voyage in Hamburg is a special occasion and perfect timing,” states Andreas Rolner, Managing Director of UHL. United Heavy Lift’s headquarters is located in Hamburg’s HafenCity, directly on the river front and opposite the assigned discharge terminal. “We would like to thank the Port of Hamburg for their great support in making the naming ceremony possible.” Andreas Rolner notes. This is the first christening of a heavy-lift vessel in Hamburg in 10 years.

Due to Covid-related restrictions, the naming ceremony in Hamburg will be held in a small circle. “We are aware of the current situation and do not want to endanger our crew, guests, and clients. Instead, we have decided to invite everyone online.” adds Felix Abendroth, Head of HSEQ Department. A strict security concept applies to the event and all participants.

UHL Faith is the first in a series of eight newbuildings that will strengthen the UHL fleet. The UHL newbuilding program focuses on advanced and most modern propulsion systems thus the group strives to be a market leader with regards to a reduction of carbon emissions. “The carbon footprint of the F900 class is 30-50% less compared to the existing heavy lift fleet in the market.” states Dominik Stehle, Chief Commercial Officer of UHL.  “We affirm our company’s commitment to contributing to an eco-friendly shipping industry by investing in fuel-efficient tonnage.” adds Andreas Rolner.

The F900 vessels’ dimensions perfectly complement UHL’s innovative and tailor-made heavy lift transport solutions. Once the new-building program is completed, UHL will service its clients with a fleet of seventeen F900 Eco-Lifter vessels. “The new vessels offer superior intake and crane capacity to cater to the needs of a wide range of industry clients and cargos. We thank our client Geodis for entrusting us with their cargo for our maiden voyage”, Dominik Stehle adds. Despite being a heavy lift vessel, for her maiden voyage UHL FAITH loaded containers to help ease the current capacity constraints in the container market for our clients.


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Hamburg (January 18, 2021). The first in a series of eight state-of-the-art F900 Eco-Lifters newbuildings, MV UHL Faith, was delivered to United Heavy Lift (UHL) on January 18. UHL is taking delivery of the newbuilding MV UHL Faith at the CSSC shipyard in Hudong, China. “We affirm our company’s commitment to contributing to an eco-friendly shipping industry by investing in fuel-efficient tonnage. We look forward to taking delivery of six identical newbuildings in 2021 and two in early 2022.” says Mr. Rolner, senior advisor and founder of the United Group.

Once the new-building program is completed, UHL will service its clients with a fleet of seventeen F900 Eco-Lifter vessels, representing the most modern, versatile, and homogeneous heavy lift fleet in the market. In addition, the F900 Eco-Lifter vessels are the most fuel-efficient heavy lift vessels in service. “The carbon footprint of the F900 class is 30-50% less compared to the existing heavy lift fleet in the market.” states Mr. Bonnesen, managing director of UHL. “The new vessels offer superior intake and crane capacity to cater to the needs of a wide range of industry clients and cargos.” he adds. The vessels’ weather deck encompasses 2,990 Sqm (123.5 m x 25.6 m).

MV UHL Faith will start her maiden voyage towards Europe, where she is expected to arrive in Hamburg, Germany in February.

UHL has been expanding its global network, having recently open a new office in Houston, TX, USA. Furthermore, the commercial and operations teams have been strengthened by adding highly qualified and experienced individuals from the shipping industry. Through the engineering arm of the group, United Engineering Solutions, UHL has access to a team of over 50 naval architects, marine engineers, and port captains, who provide a range of sophisticated technical transport solutions to our clients. They design and fabricate lifting devices, load spreading equipment, grillages, and transport frames, and ensure that each voyage is planned and executed flawlessly. “We would like to thank CSSC Leasing, China, for their great support in securing the F 900 vessels in a fourteen-year time charter to UHL.” Mr. Rolner notes. “We are well prepared for the next big step on our company’s exciting journey.” he concludes.



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Hamburg/Houston (October 26, 2020). United Heavy Lift (UHL), a global leader in marine ocean transport of heavy lift, breakbulk and project cargoes, today announced the opening of an office in Houston, Texas to meet the needs of customers in the United States.

The new Houston office, located in the Energy Corridor, is expected to commence operations on November 1, 2020 and will be managed by Rene Pedersen. Rene joins United Heavy Lift with close to 18 years of experience in the multi-purpose heavy lift shipping industry, having worked in leading positions for Scan-Trans, Intermarine and Zeamarine.

Eileen Wang joins UHL as Business Development Executive effective December 1, 2020. Eileen is well-respected by customers in Houston and comes with more than 25 years of experience, having successfully represented major MPP carriers in the United States.

United Heavy Lift is expanding its global operations and will add multiple new vessels in 2021. Prior to opening an own office, UHL was commercially represented by Intermarine. The agency agreement between United Heavy Lift and Intermarine ends on October 31, 2020.

“Houston has always been an important shipping hub and is considered the energy capital of the world. We want to be present in this market and serve the world’s largest EPC contractors, oil & gas companies, and project forwarders. With Rene Pedersen and Eileen Wang, we recruited top professionals to help us establish UHL in the United States”, said Dominik Stehle, Chief Commercial Officer.

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Hamburg (October 1, 2020). In continuation of the joint sailing agreement (JSA) between Marguisa and United Heavy Lift, we are proud to announce the establishment of United Marguisa Lines ApS (UML), the operating company for our joint services to the African continent.
The first year of the joint sailings has proven valuable to our many clients, and we therefore decided to further formalize this service. The new company is headed by Managing Directors Francisco Duran (of Marguisa) and Christian Monsted (of United Heavy Lift). Two vessels ‘UML Veronica’ and ‘UML Valentina’ will be operating long term under this new company, and additional tonnage will be under charter as per the requirements of the semi liner sailings, usually 3-4 additional vessels are under charter on shorter duration.
“While the market situation in West Africa has been under severe pressure the past year, we have still managed to continue servicing the trade with biweekly sailings ex Mediterranean, and monthly sailings ex the Continent. Therefore, we feel confident that we can grow this trade even further the coming years, and furthermore expand our offerings to include East Africa, where we focus especially on the massive LNG projects in Mozambique”, says Christian Monsted.
Francisco Durán, remarks that “the startup of United Marguisa Lines confirms the long-run commitment of United Heavy Lift and Marguisa with Africa and particularly with the development of its breakbulk and project cargo industry. We have a long road ahead of us, plenty of challenges and opportunities, but that road is well paved and enjoys a very motivated, customer oriented and skilled team which is eager to continue providing the African market with effective, innovative and sustainable sea transport solutions.”

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Hamburg (September 15, 2020). United Heavy Lift (UHL) announces the appointment of Dominik Stehle to the newly created position of Chief Commercial Officer, effective September 15, 2020. He will be based at UHL’s headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. Together with Managing Director Andreas Rolner he will be leading the company’s global commercial sales and marketing activities (especially focussing on industrial projects and oil and gas) and continue to expand UHL’s footprint and customer base.

Mr. Stehle joins United Heavy Lift with close to 20 years of professional experience in the international shipping and logistics industry, having previously served as Executive Vice President and Member of the Executive Board of the deugro Group.

Stehle is a seasoned leader and his appointment is part of the expansion strategy initiated earlier this year with the addition of several state-of-the-art heavy lift vessels.

“We are excited to welcome Dominik to United Heavy Lift as we look forward to expanding our activities and continue building our management team for the future,” said United Heavy Lift’s founder, Lars Rolner. “Dominik’s leadership, track-record and broad experience will be essential as we continue to expand our business and services”.

“The people and management team at United Heavy Lift share a commitment to excellence and sustainability”, said Dominik Stehle. “I look forward to joining a great team and commercial organization focused on offering first-class ocean transportation services and pushing boundaries for technically sophisticated projects.”

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Hamburg/Dubai (July 7, 2020). Two experienced, internationally renowned players in the market for heavy sea transport are further strengthening their global network: United Heavy Lift (UHL) and Ocean7 Projects (Ocean7) have appointed a joint agent in Dubai, under the United Ocean 7 brand. Both UHL and Ocean7 specialize in the transport of heavy, project and breakbulk cargo. Both companies have extensive heavy lift carrier fleets that complement each other very well.

Christian Monsted, Managing Director of United Heavy Lift Denmark office: “I am very happy to be able to work together with my longtime colleague Anup Antony. UHL has had a wish to extend our presence in the Middle East/India for some time, and after Anup Antony became available, on the back of the Zeamarine closure, we started discussions in order to be able to land this agreement. The Middle East and India is a very important region for UHL, as it is in the Middle of our usual trade lane from Europe to Asia and vice versa. The Dubai agency has been established with a focus on chartering. Anup Antony has a vast experience in Dubai, having worked alongside me for nearly 10 years. He will be a valuable addition to our operational UHL agencies Lexicon Overseas in India and Electra Shipping Services in Dubai.” The expansion of the UHL chartering network goes hand in hand with the growing United Engineering Solutions’ agency of maritime engineers, also located in India.

Both Lexicon Overseas, headed by Ashok Vaid, and Electra Shipping Services, led by Electra Fernandez, will continue their longstanding cooperation with UHL and will expand their services in the upcoming years. Mr. Vaid comments “We are extremely delighted to have Anup Anthony on board the United O7 Alliance. Anup has a wealth of experience and over the years has developed a strong relationship with the Indian and Middle Eastern clients. We are very excited and look forward to having Anup as our colleague and extend our good wishes to him.” Ms. Electra adds “Having worked with Anup in the past for various Scan-Trans, Intermarine, and Zeamarine projects, I appreciate continuing this close partnership. Working in the same city also helped us becoming the experienced team that we are. Welcome on board, Anup!”

“I am extremely happy and proud to be a part of UHL and Ocean7 Alliance.” says Anup Antony. And goes on: “I am looking forward to working together with old colleagues. The new joint office shall enable us to service this region with more focus on our trusted customers.”

Managing Partner of Ocean7 Jesper Henriksen adds: “The Middle East region is important to Ocean7 and the Dubai office with an experienced capacity as Mr. Anup Antony follows nicely Ocean7’s strategy of strengthening the personal relations to our business partners regionally.” Ocean7’s CEO Stefan Petersen affirms: “We are pleased to expand our successful cooperation with UHL along with local partners and the concept has proven that jointly we can enhance our ability of offering a wider and specialized scope to our close customers”.

The two ocean transport specialists will continue to cover all market segments of their industry through their cooperation in the new office, offer their customers an even larger and more diverse overall fleet and make their combined know-how and experience available. The Dubai office is the 3rd joint branch office opened by United Heavy Lift and Ocean7 Projects. Last year the two specialized carriers joined forces with dedicated teams in Bergen and Kuala Lumpur with sub-branches in Beijing and Tokyo.

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United Heavy Lift GmbH (UHL), Hamburg have nominated DUO Shipping, Turkey to be exclusive commercial agent in Turkey with immediate effect.

With the increased activity in UHL with a growing fleet and regular service into West and East Africa from Mediterranean and Europe, DUO Shipping will be able to enhance the presence towards Turkish customers.

“I am very pleased to be able to work with Daghan and Sertac again, they are old colleagues from Intermarine” said Lars Bonnesen, CEO of United Heavy Lift.  “We have a growing fleet, we expect our UHL 900 fleet to grow to 17 sister vessels in 2021, also we anticipate the fleet in commercial management to grow within the near future. In addition, our Joint Sailing Agreement with Marguisa from Mediterranean and Europe to West Africa are going very well and we will expand the service into East Africa as well. Sertac and Daghan have been working on that trade for many years and are a great addition to our team.”

Daghan Engin, Managing Partner of DUO Shipping says “We are extremely happy and proud to be a part of such a strong organization. With UHL, we will provide a reliable and diversified service to our trusted customers. We look forward to the future with full confidence.”

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HAMBURG/HOUSTON (APR. 24, 2020) – United Heavy Lift (UHL), a leader in effective, innovative, and tailor-made heavylift transport solutions continues to expand its global commercial network by appointing Intermarine as its exclusive commercial agent in North America.

“Two successful players in the heavylift market are aligning their goals,” said United Heavy Lift CEO, Lars Bonnesen. “Together we are stronger and together we will move forward.”

Intermarine, a leading provider of ocean freight services to the oil and gas, mining, power, and infrastructure industries, will promote the commercial maritime business of UHL for cargoes controlled in North America. Together, Intermarine and UHL will provide customers with the quality service, performance, and reliability for which each company has a long-standing reputation.

“We are excited to represent UHL commercially, leveraging our strong network and expertise in the region,” said Intermarine CEO, Richard Seeg. “We are confident that this relationship will benefit our mutual customers with an even wider scope of services and cargo logistics solutions.”

Intermarine Director of Chartering, Rene Pedersen will lead the commercial efforts with a focus on multi-purpose and heavylift tonnage, including UHL’s newly acquired fleet of nine F900 Ecolift vessels. Pedersen has nearly 20 years of chartering and logistics experience, including many years working alongside UHL’s Bonnesen. The years of working experience between personnel in the two organizations will provide trusted and seamless service to customers.

“We are extremely happy to work with Intermarine and Rene Pedersen again; Intermarine has a solid history in the North American market and has built a strong network over the years,” said Bonnesen. “In addition, I am also personally happy to join forces with Mr. Pedersen again. In fact, I have known Mr. Pedersen and worked with him for nearly 20 years. He started his career in shipping working for me as a trainee. He has my complete trust. I know how capable he is.”

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With immediate effect, United Heavy Lift GmbH (UHL) Hamburg takes over a modern Heavy Lift fleet of nine eco-friendly F900 newbuildings.


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Hamburg – Two experienced, internationally renowned players in the market for heavy sea transport are joining forces: United Heavy Lift (UHL) and Ocean7 Projects (Ocean7) are opening a joint office in Bergen, Norway.

Hamburg – Heavy Lift shipping company, United Heavy Lift, has taken the management of the newly built DP2 Deck Carrier Vessel, MV Zhi Xian Zhi Xing from Shanghai based Zhixian Transportation. A sister vessel will be completed in the shipyard by the end of 2018.