BigLift to expand heavy-lift vessel fleet

Offshore staff

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands BigLift Shipping has ordered a third Happy S-type vessel, to be named Happy Sun.

The newbuild vessel will be built by Ouhua Shipbuilding in Zhoushan, China, and will be identical to BigLift’s Happy Star heavy-lift vessel. Delivery is expected in 1Q 2018.

Happy Sun will be 156-m (512-ft) long, with a 29-m (95-ft) deck, and 18,374 metric ton deadweight. It will feature two 900-metric ton (992-ton) Huisman heavy-lift mast cranes and will be fitted with pontoon type hatch covers and a large poop deck which will make its full deck area available for cargo stowage.

The Finnish/Swedish 1A Ice Class vessel’s tween deck will be adjustable in height. It will be allowed to sail with open weather deck hatches at a draught of up to 7.5 m (25 ft) and the service speed will be 15 knots.

With the new addition, BigLift’s fleet will consist of 16 heavy-lift vessels with lifting capacities up to 1,800 metric tons.


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BigLift Shipping's Happy Star heavy-lift vessel
Happy Sun will be identical to Happy Star. (Photo courtesy BigLift Shipping)

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