• April 23-25, 2025 | Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Louisiana

Andreas Rolner

United Heavy Lift

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Andreas Rolner is the co-founder and Managing Director of United Heavy Lift GmbH.

He has a commercial background of +18 years experience with different Owners and Operators in the Multi-Purpose / Heavy Lift Sector.

Prior to co-founding UHL in 2015, he held various positions within SAL Heavy Lift.

Andreas is a Certified Shipping Merchant from the Hamburg School of Shipping & Transportation.

United Heavy Lift is one of the leading providers of ocean transportation services for heavy lift, breakbulk, and project cargoes. The services include chartering, cargo operations, project management, technical supervision, and engineering solutions for sophisticated marine transportation projects.

A team of more than 120 highly-skilled employees secure smooth transportation and cargo operations from 12 offices around the globe.

The state-of-the art fleet consists of the youngest and most environmentally-friendly vessels in the heavy lift segment. The strength of United Heavy Lift is also attributable to the engineering capabilities offered through its affiliate company United Engineering Solutions.

Through their engineering Arm, UHL have access to a team of over 50 naval architects, marine engineers, and port captains, who provide a range of engineering solutions to our clients.

United Engineering Solutions offers heavy cargo and structural engineering, vessel modification, naval architecture, 3-D CAD animations, mobilization and supervision, transport consultancy and port captain services, among others, to ensures that each voyage is flawlessly planned and executed. 

Sessions With Andreas Rolner

Thursday, 25 April

  • 01:30pm - 02:15pm (CST) / 25/apr/2024 06:30 pm - 25/apr/2024 07:15 pm

    The State of the Multipurpose/Heavy-Lift Fleet: Renewal, Competition and Compliance

    The multipurpose vessel/heavy-lift sector, far more conservative when it comes to ordering new ships than other maritime sectors, continues to barely replace capacity even as competing shipping sectors balloon with new vessels. Owners and operators are improving the efficiency and sustainability of the existing fleet and coping with increasingly complex emissions reporting requirements. A slow-moving wave of cargo demand, driven by global energy needs, bodes well for the sector — or at least for the more specialized vessels. Who in the MPV sector will benefit, and who is vulnerable to increasing competition for cross-trade cargoes? What will it take to galvanize new ship orders? What are the incentives in the current market? And is there a growing risk inherent in the sector’s reliance on Chinese shipyards for new vessels? This session, moderated by Yorck Niclas Prehm, head of research with Toepfer Transport, will examine these questions and more.