50 TPs for Baltic Eagle
Between March and May BigLift’s Happy Dragon executed five consecutive voyages from Aviles in Spain to Mukran, Germany for client Van Oord. The vessel carried ten transition pieces (TPs) per voyage, adding up to an impressive total of 50 TPs shipped. All TPs are destined for the Baltic Eagle Offshore Wind Farm Project. The TPs all measure 7.1* 7.1*15.1 metres and all grillages needed for their sea voyage were designed, engineered and fabricated within the scope of BigLift. Of course, with the hight of the TPs, the vessel sailed open top all the way, with all decks stored onboard to be as flexible as possible in the demobilisation port. To ensure built up knowledge remained on board, no crew in key functions was changed during the project, which resulted in very smooth and fast loading and discharging operations throughout the project. All project documentation was completed well in advance of the mobilisation, which also contributed to a smooth mobilisation execution. The Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm is located 30 kilometres northeast of the German island of Rügen and covers a 40 square kilometre area. It is scheduled to be fully operational by the end of 2024.
101 metres high mobile cranes on the go
In June-July m.v. Plantijngracht transported two immense mobile cranes from Lome, Togo to Medcenter container terminal (MCT) in Gioia Tauro, Italy. BigLift has shipped this type of crane before, but this was the first time that two cranes of this size were shipped together in one shipment. The LHM 800 cranes are Liebherr’s largest mobile cranes. With their booms up they measure 24*17*101 metres, booms down 78*17*58 metres with their booms down. Both cranes were loaded with their booms raised and shipped with their booms lowered. The cranes weighed 598 mt per piece during lifting, as their counterweights were were partly removed and lifted and stored separately.
Four Konecranes STS cranes arrive in Savannah
HTV BigLift Baffin recently transported four oversized Konecranes Ship-To-Shore (STS) cranes from Nantong, CN, to Savannah, USA. Once fully installed, the new 1369 mt cranes are approximately 130 metres wide and tower some 96 metres over the water. These gigantic cranes are capable of handling containers on Super Post-Panamax vessels which spread to a width of about 22 containers. The state-of-the art cranes were designed in Finland and built in China. Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) received six identical STS cranes in 2019 and 2020. The shipments of these cranes, in batches of three, were also executed by BigLift’s BigLift Baffin and by her sister vessel BigLift Barentsz.