Dear Reader,

Welcome to BigNews 36. Since our last BigNews, the world has beenl under the spell of the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccines are expected soon and we are all wondering if contacts and travelling will resume as before. However, relieving crews is still very difficult and often work, on board and in the office, becomes much more complicated in the present situation. We are grateful for the patience and resilience of everybody to make things work and continue in spite of everything. Remarkably, we have been busy in the last six months. Although shipping did feel the hindrances of worldwide closures, there is still a demand for cargoes to be moved and delivered. In the present situation we have found new flexible and inventive ways to deal with the hands-on requirements in ports. Often, digital groups are set up between ship, project engineers and clients, to discuss the operational necessities for their specific cargoes, in order to load and unload the cargoes in as reliable a manner as under the personal guidance of our superintendents on the quay. Thus we have continued shipping cargoes, and we are pleased to present to you some very nice cargoes and projects on our vessels in this last issue of 2020. Mv BigLift Barentsz is presented in two different projects, in traditional and renewable power. She moved the main module for the Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 field in Norway and just before that, she transported two jackets for the foundation of the Hornsea Two wind farm’s RCS and OSS platforms to the UK’s east coast. Then, there is mv Happy Sky which loaded a grab-unloader in a spectacular operation in Taicang and which was actually the builder of a quay extension in Taranto at the Tempa Rossa refinery - another example of one of many projects in Port Development. We would also like to draw your attention to our article on the petrochemical market, where four of our vessels, Pauwgracht, Happy Diamond, Happy Dragon, and last but by no means least Happy Star, jointly show what we can do. In that article we highlight Happy Star in the heaviest lift by BigLift so far, a reactor vessel of 1,700 mt. Apart from all this, we are also happy to announce that we have been able to add two more P14 vessels to our fleet, which will be sailing for us and our Spliethoff colleagues under the names of Plantijngracht and Pottersgracht. In short, despite the difficulties that COVID-19 has thrown in everyone’s paths, we see a flexible and inventive team that is ready to make your cargo travel safely over the globe. For now, we wish you an enjoyable read, very pleasant holidays and our best wishes for the new year. Enjoy reading BigNews Stay Healthy

Arne Hubregtse,
Managing Director