Spliethoff’s heavy-lift newbuild gets Huisman cranes
Huisman and Splitehoff have each reached a milestone during the construction of the new heavy-lift vessel Brouwersgracht at Mawei shipyard in Fuzhou, China. One was for Spliethoff and the construction progress of the vessel and the second milestone being the delivery of the 100th Huisman HLMC.
Huisman delivered the first mast crane of its kind in 1984 to the BigLift Shipping’s heavy lift vessel Happy Buccaneer that is still operating today.
The two HLMCs installed on Spliethoff’s newbuild heavy lift vessel Brouwersgracht have a lifting capacity of 500 mt each, making the vessel suitable for both heavy lift transportation and offshore installation. Huisman mast crane designs are characterised by their low weight, high capacity, optimisation of free deck space and vessel stability during (off)loading.
Arne Hubregtse, member executive board of Spliethoff Group, said, “With our newbuilding vessels Brouwersgracht and Bloemgracht we will have eight heavy lift vessels equipped with Huisman heavy lift mast cranes in our fleet.”
He stressed that the Huisman cranes have often given the company a competitive edge. “We look forward to performing challenging projects with the 100th to the 103rd HLMC as well and trust Huisman will keep developing their cranes to support the heavy lift and offshore market with groundbreaking designs,” Hubregtse said.
“The fact that the Happy Buccaneer’s cranes are still operational is a proof of the robust technology and extensive operational lifetime of this crane design. We hope that our cranes will continue to play an important role in Spliethoff Group’s success in the decades to come,” adds David Roodenburg, CEO of Huisman.