Capelle aan den IJssel (The Netherlands) - The Dutch heavylift shipping company Roll Group underlines with a recent ship purchase the positive expectations for the market. After the extension of their land activities into Asia in 2019, Roll Group starts 2020 in a similar manner with the addition of another Module Carrier into their fleet.
On 6th January 2020, Roll Group officially took ownership of an additional vessel from the market. With a length of 146m, a width of 32m and 12,285t deadweight, this Module Carrier is slightly smaller than the current Module Carriers in the fleet – BigRoll Bering and BigRoll Beaufort – but has a wider deck space than the RollDock dock type vessels.
The newly acquired vessel was originally built in 2015, and will soon be painted in Roll Group livery and renamed as BigRoll Biscay. The vessel will perfectly integrate into the existing fleet and underlines the strategy of Roll Group to grow as the provider of choice offering a unique land/sea combination with the ability to serve our clients in the best possible way.
“We are convinced this is a good investment considering the improving outlook for the years ahead," commented Adriaan Aarts, Roll Group CEO. "We expect many developments in the near future and have identified a need for additional tonnage to serve our clients in the Oil & Gas and Offshore Wind markets. Our current Module Carriers are perfectly suited to serve these markets but given the large scale of some of the upcoming projects, further expansion of our fleet is necessary. The acquisition of the BigRoll Biscay is the next step in the development strategy of Roll Group.’’