“The joint venture represents an important step in CSL’s strategy to increase its presence in the global construction material sector,” said Louis Martel, president and CEO of CSL. “We are confident that the synergies between CSL and the Eureka team, along with our common values and complementary skills, will further strengthen our ability to provide significant value to our customers and an effective platform for growth.”
Mark Voorham, CEO of SMT Shipping, commented: “SMT Shipping is honoured to partner with CSL in Eureka. We feel the new joint venture will harness the strengths of both respected companies, which will work together seamlessly to serve our clients with the highest levels of service and professionalism.”
Kai Grotterud, CEO of Eureka Shipping, added: “For Eureka Shipping, the partnership with CSL provides a strong, collaborative platform to further invest in innovative logistics solutions to the benefit of our customers in the cement and building materials industries.”
The new partners added that their tie-up is a strong strategic fit, leveraging the companies’ respective strengths in the shipping and handling of dry bulk cargos.
They confirmed that there will be no change in the day-to-day management and operation of vessels in the Eureka fleet. The transaction is subject to certain regulatory conditions, and is expected to close by end of June.
Eureka operates a fleet of self-unloading cement carriers in the Baltic Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Caribbean and Asia.
The SMT Shipping Group has built a fleet of about 45 vessels through a number of joint venture companies operating in various bulk commodities markets, focusing on highly efficient geared bulk carriers, floating storage/transhipment terminals and belt-unloaders.