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BigLift Shipping and Chung Yang Shipping cooperate in heavy transport

Beginning of 2019, BigLift Shipping and Chung Yang Shipping agreed to cooperate in heavy transport shipping. Their four heavy transport vessels (HTVs) will be commercially operated by BigLift Shipping.


With this combination of two pairs of sisterships – BigLift Barentsz and BigLift Baffin and CY Interocean I and CY Interocean II – the companies are ready to meet the future demands in the LNG, Oil and Gas markets and the renewable market and will adhere to the highest QHSE standards.


The vessels are almost similar with respect to deck space, however, the CY vessels’ depth is less, enabling BigLift and Chung Yang to handle an even wider range of port locations in respect of water depth and quay heights.

Happy Delta on Ice

Happy Delta was mobilised to take supplies to the Italian Antarctic research station Mario Zuchelli, which consisted of general cargo and a number of tanktainers filled with jet fuel.


The research station has no docking facilities for ocean-going vessels. Therefore, the cargo should either be discharged with Happy Delta moored along the ice edge (and discharging cargo onto the ice) or drifting nearby. As the ice had vanished over the summer, the only option to reach the station was by transferring the cargo by barge. So, Happy Delta brought the barge and a workboat to shuttle the cargo to the shore. Our crew operated the workboat and discharged all cargo from Happy Delta onto the barge.


After completion of the cargo transfer, the workboat and 12 employees from the research station were taken on board. Happy Delta took the employees to New Zealand as passengers and returned the workboat to its owner in Sydney.

Pollution Response Vessels for Vancouver

Happy Dynamic took three, custom designed Pollution Response Vessels (PPV) from Singapore to Vancouver as an additional cargo to four RTGs which had been loaded in Dalian. The PPV were built by Robert Allan Ltd and weighed 305mt each.


The trio had been loaded and were discharged by means of a single lift cargo operation. They were ordered by the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) to meet the formidable environmental conditions and demanding requirements of Canada’s exposed western coast. Working closely with the stevedores from DP World, the vessels were discharged at Nanaimo Terminal on Vancouver Island.

Spliethoff Group expands fleet with 10 vessels

Recently the Spliethoff Group has expanded its fleet with four multipurpose tween deck vessels and six heavy lift vessels to increase its capabilities in the multipurpose, project and heavy lift markets. All vessels were taken over from Hansa Heavy Lift.


Beginning of 2019 the Spliethoff Group acquired mv Hudsongracht (HHL Elbe) and mv Humbergracht (HHL Tyne), both abt. 12.750 dwt and a combined crane capacity of 300 mt, as well as mv Heerengracht (HHL Amur) and mv Houtmangracht (HHL Mississippi), both abt. 12.750 dwt and a combined crane capacity of 360 mt. These vessels were added to Spliethoff’s H-Type series, now consisting of five vessels in total. At the same time heavy lift vessel mv Prinsengracht (HHL New York) was acquired.

More recently Spliethoff has taken over an additional five former Hansa Heavy Lift vessels. The P8-Type series, abt. 20,100 dwt, equipped with two holds and cranes with a combined capacity of 800 mt, consists of earlier acquired mv Prinsengracht and one additional vessel, named Pietersgracht (HHL Kobe). The P14-Type series – abt 19.450 dwt, two holds and a combined crane capacity of 1,400 mt – consists of mv Pijlgracht (HHL Lagos), mv Poolgracht (HHL Fremantle), mv Pauwgracht (HHL Richards Bay) and mv Paleisgracht (HHL Tokyo). All vessels are or will be reflagged to Dutch flag/register.


Within the Spliethoff Group a total of over 70 multipurpose and heavy lift vessels are available for the breakbulk, project and heavy transport markets. These vessels are operated in close cooperation between worldwide dry cargo specialist Spliethoff and heavy transport operator BigLift Shipping. Spliethoff Group is happy and proud to offer its clients an even broader portfolio of vessels for their worldwide ocean transportation requirements with this expansion of her fleet.