Multipurpose carrier Intermarine and sister company Jumbo-SAL-Alliance (JSA) have expanded their operations in South America, establishing a new office in Santiago, Chile. The venture, named JSA-Intermarine Chile, is headed by industry veteran Nelson Matus, bringing over 25 years of experience in the South American breakbulk and multipurpose sector.
The decision to set up shop in Chile comes amid a dynamic period for Intermarine and JSA, driven by a surge in industrial projects, particularly in the wind energy sector. This move aims to capitalize on the positive momentum and robust project outlooks in the region.
Jens Baumgarten, Director Chartering & Projects at Jumbo-SAL-Alliance, highlights the significance of Chile in the South American market, citing its stable economy, strategic geographic location, and promising prospects in wind energy. The joint branch, JSA-Intermarine Chile, positions itself as a key player, offering customers access to Intermarine’s robust Americas liner services and breakbulk business, coupled with JSA’s global project and semi-liner services.
Intermarine CEO Svend Andersen expresses enthusiasm about the collaboration, emphasizing the successful history of cooperation with Marval, Intermarine’s long-time agent in the region. Richard Seeg, President of Intermarine, underscores the unique combination of strengths, stating, “Our new joint branch gives customers access to the unique combination of Intermarine’s very strong Americas liner services and breakbulk business as well as JSA’s global project and semi-liner services.”
Nelson Matus, the General Manager of JSA-Intermarine Chile, is excited about the opportunity, emphasizing the team’s inspiration drawn from the vibrant spirit, outstanding reputation, and the combined fleet of over 50 vessels.
The move aligns with the long-term strategy initiated when SAL Heavy Lift acquired Intermarine in 2020, showcasing the success of the associated sister companies with distinct yet complementary business models.
For Harren Group, the parent company of Intermarine and SAL, this expansion marks its 25th office worldwide. CEO Dr Martin Harren sees it as a strategic move that not only strengthens local business but also enhances the global portfolio and presence of the entire group.
The new office is situated in the World Trade Center in Las Condes, offering accessibility near Santiago’s major business centers.