BigLift Shipping welcomes Happy Star heavy-lift vessel

On Oct. 28, BigLift Shipping celebrated the name-giving of its new heavy-lift vessel Happy Star. The ceremony was held at Huisman China’s yard in Xiamen.

BigLift Shipping has added the new heavy-lift vessel Happy Star to its fleet.
BigLift Shipping has added the new heavy-lift vessel Happy Star to its fleet.

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AMSTERDAM – On Oct. 28, BigLift Shipping celebrated the name-giving of its new heavy-lift vessel Happy Star. The ceremony was held at Huisman China’s yard in Xiamen.

Happy Star is the latest addition to BigLift Shipping’s fleet of heavy-lift vessels. Built by Ouhua Shipbuilding in China to be a new flag ship, the vessel is 156 m (512 ft) long, and has a 29-m-wide (95-ft-wide) deck and two 900-metric ton (992-ton) heavy-lift mast cranes. Together with Happy Sky, the Happy S Series is now complete.

Happy Star’s tween deck is adjustable in height, and the vessel is allowed to sail with open weather deck hatches at a draught of up to 8 m (26 ft). Furthermore, Happy Star has Finnish/Swedish 1A Ice Class notation.

As it joins BigLift’s fleet,Happy Star increases BigLift’s capabilities in the top segment of heavy-lift transportation and strengthens BigLift’s position as a heavy lift and project cargo vessel operator and owner.

The first voyage will takeHappy Star from Nantong to Port Hedland, Australia, where she will discharge two 1,600-metric ton (1,764-tons) wharf deck modules, each module weighing 1,478-metric tons (1,629-tons) including lifting gear – the heaviest cargo item that BigLift has lifted so far.

WithHappy Star, BigLift’s fleet comprises 15 heavy-lift vessels with lifting capacities up to 1,800 metric tons (1,984 tons).

10/28/2014

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