Snap shots

Spliethoff P-Type series completed

We are happy to share the news that Spliethoff has acquired two additional P14-type vessels in the last quarter of 2020. The vessels have been renamed Plantijngracht (formerly: St. Pauli) and Pottersgracht (formerly: St. Georg) and reflagged to Dutch flag/register. With these acquisitions the Spliethoff P-Type series consists of ten vessels – three P8-type vessels, abt. 20,100 dwt, equipped with two holds and cranes with a combined capacity of 800 mt and seven P14-type series – abt 19.450 dwt, two holds and a combined crane capacity of 1,400 mt. 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.

Eight ASCS for Konecranes

BigLift's Happy Buccaneer pictured on a beautiful day on the North Sea, on its way to the port of Ashdod, carrying eight Kone Automatic Stacking Cranes on deck. Later this year we will transport and install another 10 units to the port of Ashdod. BigLift is very proud to have been selected by Konecranes to be the transport partner for this project.

Replacement two GSUs in Kaoshiung

Recently, Happy Star was operational within the port of Kaohsiung. For our valued client IUK, it transported and installed two brand-new Grab Ship Unloaders (GSUs) of 1,700 metric tons each. After successful installation of the new GSUs, Happy Star loaded two old GSUs and shipped them back to the original manufacturing quay for demolition.

Through extensive planning and preparation, and skilful execution by the BigLift team, both ashore and on board Happy Star, the project could be completed on schedule. For this operation, client IUK required a state-of-the-art heavy lift vessel, capable of lifting the GSUs without the use of a stability pontoon. BigLift is proud to be operating this unique vessel, which, with her two 1,100 mt Huisman heavy lift cranes, was the right vessel for these record breaking lifts of the new 1,700 mt GSUs.


For our valuable client MESM, our flagship Happy Star successfully completed the loading operation at Saiki, Japan, of six RTGS with destination Gemlik, Turkey.

Underdeck the vessel is fully loaded with coldboxes and parts for the ports of Arzew, AL, and Greenore, IR. Mv Happy Star is equipped with 2*1,100mt Huisman mast cranes, and will mobilize early January in Rotterdam, to commence loading for the Akita windfarm project.