Spliethoff P-Types - valuable additions to the fleet

BigLift has been successfully operating Spliethoff’s P-Type vessels for over a year now. In 2019, seven P-type vessels were acquired and last April mv Palmgracht was added to the fleet. The vessels have meanwhile proven to be a valuable addition to the fleet of the Spliethoff Group, having transported a great variety of cargoes for both BigLift and Spliethoff, sometimes in the same voyage. The new vessels make it much easier to benefit from the synergies between sister companies BigLift Shipping and Spliethoff and enable us to optimse their capacity.

The flexible heavy lift vessels are equipped with two cranes of 700 mt SWL (combinable to 1,400 mt SWL) or 400 mt SWL (combinable to 800 mt SWL) and one crane with an SWL of 180 mt (or 120 mt). High crane pedestals and long crane jibs facilitate large lifting heights which are available at all outreaches. Here we outline a few examples of the versatility of the P-Type vessels through their use in several different projects.

Modules for MODEC FPSO

BigLift Shipping transported two topside modules from Angra Dos Reis, BR, to Dalian, CN, operating Spliethoff’s mv Poolgracht. These two modules - together with a number of others - will be installed on MODEC FPSO Carioca (Project MV-30).

The FPSO is being constructed in China with Brazilian-built modules, following a successful experience in the latest projects performed in Brazil. When finished, the FPSO will be transported to Brazil and taken into service.

The FPSO will be capable of processing 180,000 barrels of crude oil per day, 212 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, 240,000 barrels of water injection per day and has a storage capacity of 1,400,000 barrels of crude oil.

Two tug boats for Le Havre

In the picture above, Spliethoff’s mv Pauwgracht sails the North Sea on a beautiful sunny day. Below deck, the vessel is fully loaded with monopile saddles for an offshore windfarm to be discharged in Rotterdam. On deck she carries two tug boats - weighing about 520 mt each - destined for the port of Le Havre, FR. This shipment clearly demonstrates the versatility of the recent fleet expansion within the Spliethoff Group.

Transition Pieces for Yunlin Project

By mid 2020, BigLift Shipping will have shipped a total of 21 Transition Pieces for the Yunlin Project in Taiwan from the port of Flushing, NL.

Pictured here is mv Pauwgracht carrying the second batch of seven units from Flushing in early July. Sister vessel mv Palmgracht shipped the first batch - also seven pieces - in April. More information on this project will follow in the next edition of BigNews!

mv Parkgracht carrying ASCS from Gdynia PL to Virginia, USA. Read more about this project by clicking here!