Snap shots

Spliethoff Group and the IMO 2020 regulations

The Spliethoff Group is moving towards a durable future and minimising our environmental footprint has long been a focal point for us. The reduction of emissions is a fundamental part of this.


The International Maritime Organization will implement the worldwide sulphur cap regulations per 1st of January 2020. To comply with the new regulations Spliethoff Group has opted to install the proven technology of exhaust gas cleaning systems on the majority of its fleet. These systems, also known as scrubbers, have already been in use within the Group since 2012. 


By using scrubbers, we not only remove the sulphur, but also a significant amount of black carbon and particulate matter from the exhaust gasses. As confirmed by independent studies the emitted wash water is harmless to the environment.

The adoption of scrubbers increases the costs of transportation, but we believe that this investment achieves the best solution for the environment in a safe and cost-efficient way.


We prepared a short animation to inform our stakeholders about the new regulations, the options for compliance and our considerations to choose for scrubber technology. 

Spliethoff DP2 B-type vessels

Spliethoff has recently signed a contract with Mawei Shipyard for the newbuild of two multipurpose DP2- B-type vessels. The versatile characteristics of Spliethoff’s new B-Type make this vessel unique in the market.


This state-of-the-art ship combines the intake of a multi-purpose vessel with a DP2, station-keeping ability of up to Bft 6, making it ideal for supplying large volumes and heavy cargo directly offshore. To obtain the fast, safe and efficient loading and discharge of pipes, both on and offshore, the vessel has a removable, automated, pipe-handling gantry crane installed.


The B-Type is also equipped with two Huisman 500 mt Heavy Lift Mast cranes, making her suitable for both heavy lift transportation and offshore installation. To fit in with Spliethoff’s continuous drive for greener operations, the vessel design is fuel-efficient and the propulsion and power generation systems are equipped with scrubbers and SCR systems.


With 12,500 mt deadweight, an open top notation, more than 2,875 m² of cargo deck space, two tween deck levels and 5,700 m² of total deck space, the intake of the B-Type is significantly higher than existing offshore supply vessels.


Spliethoff’s first two B-Type vessels are expected to be delivered in the autumn of 2021.


Towering over sea

BigLift Baffin moved three enormous STSC cranes from Oita, Japan to Honolulu, Hawaii for our client MES.


In Oita, the cranes were rolled on board over the side of BigLift Baffin. Each crane weighed 1,431 mt and was 70 metres high. Their footprint was just over 30 metres, which meant that the rear of the cranes reached over the port side of the vessel by more than 32 metres and the loading arm over starboard by 48 metres.


The voyage over the Pacific Ocean took 17 days and the cranes were safely discharged in the port of Honolulu, again by Ro-Ro over the side of BigLift Baffin.

Low Sulphur Fuel production


From January 1st, 2020, the IMO regulation on lower sulphur emissions for marine vessels takes effect, which should lead to a decrease in the environmental footprint for shipping.


On the supply side, oil production companies are making major investments in low sulpur fuels. For instance, South Korean SK Energy decided to build a new Vacuum Residue Desulfurisation (VRDS) facility in the SK Ulsan Complex. Only a few companies can build the hydrotreating reactors such as ATB and Belleli, which are both based in Italy.


BigLift shipped four reactors for both ATB and Belleli on two vessels in May and June this year. Pauwgracht shipped four Hydrocracker Reactors of 850 mt each for Belleli – her first voyage under the Spliethoff/BigLift flag and her first open hatch sailing. A month later, Happy Star shipped four VRDS hydrotreating reactors built by ATB, ranging in weight from 400 to 900 mt.


All of the reactors arrived safely at the Ulsan refinery where they will help increase production of high standard and low sulphur content fuels by 40,000 barrels of oil per day.