Two additional F900 newbuildings ordered

Andreas Rolner, Managing Director United Heavy Lift: Our vision is to become a leader in sustainability in the heavy lift industry

Hamburg - May 16, 2022

United Heavy Lift (UHL) has ordered two additional Eco-Lifter newbuildings, to be delivered in 2023 and 2024. UHL is committed to apply the highest level of health, safety, security, environmental, and quality standards to all ocean transport projects we are entrusted with. This commitment goes hand in hand with UHL’s newly developed long-term ESG strategy: “One of our goals is to reduce emissions from our own operations and help our clients achieve their decarbonization goals. Sustainability is an integral part of how UHL operates. Key to this change is to build and maintain one of the most modern and fuel-efficient MPP heavy lift fleets in the market. We are phasing out all UHL 800 P-type vessels and replacing them with fuel-efficient modern tonnage. Our vision is to become a sustainability leader in the heavy lift industry.” says Andreas Rolner, managing director of United Heavy Lift.

Between 2019 and 2022, UHL took delivery of seventeen state-of-the-art F900 Eco-Lifters newbuildings, which are already raising the standard for eco-friendly breakbulk and heavy lift ocean transport. UHL operates one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient MPP heavy lift fleets on the market with lifting capacities of up to 900 mtons. With a fleet of over 20 vessels, UHL has relatively full order books the coming years.

“UHL has ordered two additional Eco-Lifter newbuildings.” Andreas Rolner adds. The new and enhanced F900 Eco-Lifter class features high- and low-pressure SCR catalysts to meet IMO Tier III requirements. With minimized CO2 emissions, the vessel class exceeds latest EEDI benchmarks.

UHL will be taking delivery of the two F900x Eco-Lifter newbuildings at the CSSC shipyard in Hudong, China in 2023 and 2024.

Once the Eco-Lifter newbuilding program is completed, UHL will service its clients with a fleet of nineteen F900 Eco-Lifter vessels, representing the most modern, fuel-efficient, and homogeneous heavy lift fleet in the market. “The carbon footprint of the F900 class is 30-50% less compared to the existing heavy lift fleet in the market.” states Mr. Bonnesen, managing director of UHL.

Through the engineering arm of the UNITED GROUP, United Engineering Solutions GmbH, UHL has access to a team of over 30 naval architects, marine engineers, and port captains, who provide a range of sophisticated technical transport solutions.


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About the UNITED GROUP and United Heavy Lift
Since our inception in 2015, the heavy lift specialists of the UNITED GROUP have emerged as pacesetters in heavy lift shipping. We launched four dedicated divisions, formed major international partnerships, and have grown a state-of-the-art fleet to become global leaders in the heavy lift sector.

The UNITED GROUP is a suite of established stand-alone companies, working in close cooperation to offer industry-leading competence, experience, and know-how in their respective fields of business. Our mission is to ensure long-term business relationships through customer satisfaction. Our team of more than 120 highly skilled employees are securing smooth transportation and cargo operation from 17 offices around the globe.

United Heavy Lift GmbH & Co. KG was the first group company, launched in 2015. UHL focuses on the transport of heavy and oversized project cargoes and successfully serves shippers from various industries. With over 20 vessels, UHL operates one of the youngest and most environmentally friendly MPP heavy lift fleets on the market with lifting capacities of up to 900 mtons. The core of the fleet are the F900 Eco-Lifter sister vessels (built 2018-2024), which are raising the standard for eco-friendly breakbulk and heavy lift ocean transport.

UHL is complemented and supported by its affiliated companies United Wind Logistics GmbH, United Engineering Solutions GmbH, and United Heavy Transport GmbH.

United Heavy Lift GmbH press release