Global heavy lift and transportation providers BigLift Shipping and RollDock Shipping have formed a joint company, BigRoll, to operate two new build MC-Class module carriers.

The carriers have been designed for the transportation of ultra large and heavy modular cargoes by sea. They are 169 metres long, have a 42 m beam, a deck space of 42 x 125 m and maximum deadweight of the MC-Class is 22,500 tonnes. Loading and discharging can be done over the vessels’ stern or the side by ro-ro or skidding. The vessels will have DP2 and Finnish Swedish 1A ice class notations for operation in Arctic regions.

Commenting on the joint venture, Wout van der Zwan, RollDock CEO, said, “As a modern company we understand the importance of being ahead of the developments in the market. Our philosophy of not believing in limitations is highlighted in the decision to join forces with BigLift in this new venture to offer clients the ultimate in heavy lift and transportation solutions worldwide.”

Arne Hubregtse, BigLift managing director, said, “I am very excited about the co-operation. Not only in designing, managing and operating the vessels but, also, in BigLift, RollDock and BigRoll working together on special projects worldwide. As partners in BigRoll and having the innovative MC class available, we can make a difference and add value.”

BigRoll will concentrate on the offshore and onshore oil and gas and renewable markets, power generation, container cranes and shipyard industries.

The module carriers, which will be built by BigRoll, will be available at end of 2014, towards the beginning of 2015.

Helping to complete the one-stop shop approach as part of Frans van Seumeren's RollDock is the international heavy lift and transport specialist Roll-Lift, launched in late 2011. For more on Roll-Lift see IC December 2011 page 6 and January 2012 page 15.

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