Maersk subsea vessels to use new-design Huisman cranes

Offshore staff

SCHIEDAM, the Netherlands – Huisman has announced the signing late in December of a contract to supply COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard with four 400-metric ton (441-ton) Rope Luffing Knuckle Boom Cranes and two 100-metric ton (110-ton) Knuckle Boom Cranes.

The equipment is for two new Maersk Supply Service subsea support vessels. The first vessels, Marin Teknikk design MT 6027, are scheduled for delivery in 4Q 2016.

Huisman says its new patented Rope Luffing Knuckle Boom Crane is designed for subsea installations in increasingly deeper water and offshore construction in severe weather conditions. The active heave compensated (AHC) cranes combine the benefits of a normal rope luffing crane and a traditional knuckle boom crane, the company adds. As such it offers a low overall construction weight, high lifting height, and large capacity at outreach.

The contract between COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard and Huisman contains an optional scope for two 400-meetric ton Rope Luffing Knuckle Boom Cranes for two additional vessels. Huisman’s sister company SMST will deliver the two 100-metric ton Knuckle Boom Cranes with options for four more cranes. The components for the four Rope Luffing Knuckle Boom Cranes will be built at the Huisman facilities in China, the Netherlands, and Czech Republic.


Vessel rendering courtesy Huisman.

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