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May 27, 2009

Ocean carriers form Heavy Lift Club

A group of ocean carriers involved with the international transport of project and heavy lift cargos have announced the founding of the International Council of Heavy Lift and Project Cargo Carriers, or the Heavy Lift Club.

Issues important to the Heavy Lift Club include education, technological innovation, the environment, security and other considerations relating to marine transportation of heavy lift and project cargos.

"Heavy Lift and project cargo carriers are crucial to world infrastructure," says the chairman of the group, Jan Steffens of Rickmers-Linie. "The work of heavy lift and project cargo carriers is not only important, it is specialized."

Mr. Steffens says that the Heavy Lift Club provides a forum for exchanging ideas on industry mattersof interest and concern to heavy lift and project carriers.

Membership is open to ocean carriers who are routinely engaged in the international transport of heavy lift and project cargos through the use of a long-term controlled fleet of self-sustained heavy lift vessels.

The Heavy Lift Club has a non-rate discussion agreement filed with the Federal Maritime Commission. All of the following carriers are or will be members of the Heavy Lift Club following Federal Maritime Commission approval: Australia Asia Line; BigLift Shipping BV; Beluga Chartering Gmbh; BBC Chartering & Logistic GmbH & Co KG; Chipolbrok; Clipper Projects A/S; Conti-Lines; Hyundai Merchant Marine; Intermarine, LLC, representing Industrial Maritime Carriers, LLC; K/S Combi Lift; Nordana; Rickmers-Linie GmbH & Cie KG; Scan-Scott; Scan-Trans; and Universal Africa Lines Ltd.


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