SAL Heavy Lift, which began life in Hamburg as Schiffahrtskontor Altes Land GmbH in 1980 before becoming a subsidiary of the K Line group in 2011, recently entered the record books, not for the scale of the project undertaken, but for a change for the speed of a freight operation. One of the company’s fourteen strong fleet of specialist out of gauge cargo vessels completed a 20 day transit between Batum in Indonesia and the Firth of Forth in Scotland at an average speed of 19.3 knots.
Such haste was an essential condition of the contract to carry a Submerged Turret Production (STP) buoy weighing eleven hundred tonnes to its destination in under three weeks from the time of loading. The MV Lone, a 12,500 DWT specialist carrier was constructed in J J Sietas’ yard in Hamburg in 2011 and achieved the considerable distinction of maintaining an average speed equivalent to 22.2 mph or 35.7 kph in land speed terms, enabling the commencement of a drilling project off the East Coast of Scotland right on time. Commenting on the record-breaking run, Matthias Meyer, SAL’s Project Manager said:
“A journey of nearly nine thousand nautical miles is not quite halfway around the world but it is not far short. To maintain this sort of average speed through all weathers is an impressive feat of seamanship and we are proud of the officers and crew of Lone for making this possible.”