BigLift orders more heavy liftersVessel & ROV News // January 26, 2009
BigLift Shipping has announced plans to bring five more heavy lift vessels into service in 2010.
The 1A ice class vessels, with a deadweight of 17,500 tonnes and two 400 tonne cranes (800 tonne lifting capacity in tandem) will also have a smaller 120 tone crane, and are due to be delivered from mid-2010 until the end of 2010.
These so-called 'D-4' types are further developments of Spliethoff's 'D-gracht' vessels (Spliethoff being the parent company of BigLift Shipping).
The BigLift vessels will have also have a high deck load to stow heavy cargoes. When visibility from the wheelhouse is hindered by large deck loads, the vessels will be capable of being manoeuvred from a second command station forward.
The vessels will also have additional accommodation, a classroom and 'training bridge' for 10 cadets, who will live, work and and learn on board.
"This fleet expansion, next to the two heavy lift vessels of 1,800 tonnes lifting capacity under construction, underscores BigLift’s confidence in the future of the market of project cargoes and heavy lifts," said the company.