The following is the text of a news release from Intermarine LLC:
(HOUSTON) — Intermarine LLC, a global leader in the transport of project, break-bulk and heavy lift cargoes, has begun Fleet of the Future deliveries with the addition and maiden voyage of the Industrial Grand. The 20,000 dwt, 545-foot multi-purpose vessel features three cranes with a combined lifting capacity of up to 900 metric tons.
The Industrial Grand is the first of 20 new eco-friendly lifters that will join Intermarine’s core fleet during the next 30 months. The vessel will travel from Shanghai, China, to the U.S. Gulf Coast to deliver a large and complex petrochemical processing tower. The cargo delivery includes a 720.5 metric ton lift of 48.6 meters in length which was loaded using the vessel’s gear.
“The Industrial Grand represents a glimpse into the future, harnessing eco-friendly technology and increased lifting capacity,” said Al Stanley, president and CEO of Intermarine. “This innovation aligns with delivering the appropriate fleet to meet our customers’ cargo needs and allows us to provide the value, reliability and creative solutions that customers have come to expect from Intermarine.”
The deliveries will mark the beginning of a series of eco-friendly deliveries and add to the range and capabilities of Intermarine’s core fleet of more than 50 vessels. The Industrial Grand will be joined by her sister vessel, the Industrial Glory when she joins the service from the shipyard in May 2015.
“The Industrial Grand is ideally suited to carry a broad range of cargoes and her features allow her to operate in remote locations around the world,” said Frank Fischer, vice president and managing director of tonnage procurement, Intermarine. “We are proud to add this modern, flexible and capable vessel to our fleet. It is the first step in building our Fleet of the Future line.”
Intermarine is a global leader in the transport of project, breakbulk and heavy lift cargoes. Founded in 1990, the company, through its subsidiaries and worldwide network of 20 offices, controls an international fleet of more than 50 vessels with lifting capacity up to 900 metric tons. Intermarine provides ocean transportation and marine logistics services with regular sailings in the Americas, West Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, plus inducement voyages to Australia and other international ports. The company operates the largest U.S.-flag heavy lift fleet and controls Industrial Terminals, the busiest project cargo terminal in the United States. For more information, visitwww.intermarine.com.