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SAL Heavy Lift, Hamburg-based carrier specializing in heavy lift and project cargo transport, informed that six of its vessels will fly the German flag by the end of 2017.

Having started with MV Svenja on September 22, MV Trina, MV Anne-Sofie, MV Regine, MV Maria and MV Wiebke will quickly follow, according to the company.

“We are very proud to return to the German flag. The German flag stands for quality, safety and compliance, and these are core values in SAL, so the German flag and our corporate objectives go well in hand,” Sebastian Westphal, Corporate Director Ship Management at SAL, commented.

As explained, the decision to re-flag follows “careful considerations” on the fleet management process in SAL.

The re-flagging process will be handled in cooperation with the German Social Accident Insurance Institution for Commercial Transport, Postal Logistics and Telecommunication (BG Verkehr) and classification society DNV GL.

“In view of the many benefits of the German Flag, we decided to initiate the re-flagging process. We are happy with the good cooperation we have had with BG Verkehr and DNV GL on the matter, and I know our crew onboard is proud to hoist the German flag,” Westphal added.

SAL Heavy Lift, part of Harren & Partner Group, currently owns a fleet of 21 heavy lift vessels.

Source: worldmaritimenews.com