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SAL opens Fremantle office

HEAVY-LIFT shipping carrier Schiffahrtskontor Altes Land (SAL) has expanded its Australian operations, opening an office in Fremantle as part of a strategic plan to service the Australasian resources sector.

German-based SAL, a joint venture with 'K' Line, currently operates a modern fleet of 14 ships and has offices in Hamburg, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, London and Genoa, Italy.

The company opened the doors to its new Fremantle office two weeks ago.

SAL managing director Berndt Olesen said the Fremantle office would greatly benefit the region's oil and gas industry and was part of a wider strategic plan to accommodate the growing shipping demand from the resources sector in Australasia.

"Many of our large clients, including BHP and Woodside, are based in Western

Australia and with around $200 billion worth of oil and gas projects in the pipeline, the future of the Australian industry looks certain despite the downturn in international oil and gas production," Mr Olesen said in a statement.

SAL has managed an extensive portfolio of projects for the oil and gas industry, including the transportation of wind energy, power plants, cranes, cabling, heavy machinery, floating cargo and offshore equipment for oil and gas.

"SAL vessels are able to load and transport a variety of oversized cargoes including reels, buoys, drilling rig sections, jackets and modular structures and have the ability to assist with the installation of jackets, platforms and topsides," Mr Olesen said.

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