Jumbo, SAL, Intermarine, the new JSI Alliance of 50 combined fleet

Dutch maritime heavy lift transport and engineering contractor Jumbo Shipping and German breakbulk and project cargo specialist SAL Heavy Lift have formed a new joint venture and welcomed the liner operator Intermarine to join the group in order to create a new “industry powerhouse.”

The new JSI Alliance will be ready to set sail on March 1 with a new combined fleet of 50 vessels.

The trio, Jumbo Shipping, SAL Heavy Lift and Intermarine, have joined forces to combine their fleets and all commercial activities for breakbulk and project cargo.

According to the partners, the new joint venture is an evolution of the commercial alliance Jumbo and SAL formed in 2021, as the JSI Alliance builds on the same fundamental principles.

They will provide a unified commercial entry point for sales and marketing for their joint network of offices and agents in 23 countries worldwide. The combined fleet will range from multipurpose vessels to heavy lift ships, with a lifting capacity of up to 3,000t SWL.

JSI Alliance replaces Jumbo-SAL-Alliance as the unified marketing platform and brand. As operators and owners, however, Jumbo, SAL and Intermarine remain independent, allowing the three brands to be active in the market.

The JSI Alliance, which holds a combined +120 years of experience between its three members, will be able to offer semi-liner and liner services as well as customised project shipping solutions. The services range from transport solutions for small parcels and single cargo items to the most complex industrial cargo units.

The Jumbo and SAL services and fleets are highly complementary, but the Intermarine “products” are somewhat different and expand the scope.

The Intermarine fleet is based on multipurpose vessels typically geared up to maximum 500t SWL, which is essentially where the Jumbo and SAL vessel portfolio begins.

Furthermore, Intermarine is operating a mix of owned and time-chartered vessels, both on a short- or long-term basis.