Heavy-lift fleet operator BigLift Shipping reports that it has upgraded the mast cranes aboard its 2014-built, 156m x 26.5m vessel Happy Star, increasing each crane’s lifting capacity from 900tonnes to 1,100tonnes.This revamp was completed at the Huisman Service & Assembly site in Schiedam, the Netherlands. Huisman was also responsible for the installation of Happy Star’s original crane arrangement, courtesy of its yard in Zhangzhou, China.
BigLift claims that the upgrade was conducted in response to “growing demand for heavy-lift vessels with lifting capacities of over 2,000tonnes”, and that the overhaul has “broadened [our] palette of shipping options, now offering crane capacities up to 2,200tonnes in tandem lift.” Similar upgrades were made with regards to associated processes, such as the cranes’ man-riding system, offshore load curves and anti-collision system, BigLift says.
Following a round of sea trials and crane checks, Happy Star has wasted little time in testing her new mettle, having immediately entered into a contract to load a pair of 1,500tonne reactors at Porto Maghera in Venice, Italy. Feedback from the tests has been positive, BigLift comments, elaborating: “The cranes themselves kept their…lifting height and outreach, [and] a fly jib can still be used for extra outreach.”
BigLift currently operates 14 heavy-lift vessels with varying lifting capacities, topping out at 2,200tonnes. A sister ship to Happy Star, to be christened Happy Sun, is currently under build at Ouhua Shipbuilding in China, with delivery scheduled for next year.