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BigLift upgrades cranes on Happy Star

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This month, Happy Star, the latest addition to BigLift Shipping’s (BigLift) fleet of heavy lift vessels, saw the upgrade of two of its heavy lift mast cranes to a lifting capacity of 1100 million t each at the Huisman Service & Assembly location in Schiedam (the Netherlands). After a thorough testing programme, the vessel is expected to depart for Porto Maghera (Italy) tomorrow to load two 1500 million t reactors – the first commercial cargo to be lifted with her upgraded cranes.

According to BigLift, there has been a growing demand for heavy lift vessels with lifting capacities of over 2000 million t.

With the crane upgrade of Happy Star, the company has broadened its range of shipping options, now offering crane capacities of up to 2200 million t in tandem lift. The cranes themselves kept their unrivalled lifting height and outreach. A fly jib can still be used for extra outreach.


The further functionalities to operate the cranes even more efficiently and safely, such as man riding, offshore load curves and an anti-collision system, were installed or upgraded. The modification went exactly as planned and BigLift believes that Happy Star will keep on meeting the expectations of being the flagship of a leading heavy lift shipping company.


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