BigLift extends fleet with Happy Sun
By Katherine Weir27 June 2016
Heavy lift ship management company BigLift Shipping has ordered a third Happy S-type vessel. The new build vessel will be identical to BigLift’s Happy Star and will be built by Ouhua Shipbuilding in Zhoushan, China. It will be named Happy Sun and is expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2018.
The new vessel will feature two 900 tonne heavy mast cranes for the handling of heavy cargoes all over the world. With high crane pedestals and lengthened jib, the vessel will have a lifting height only matched by sister vessel Happy Star in the worldwide fleet of heavy lift vessels.
Happy Sun will be 156 metres long and will have a 29 m deck with 18,374 tonnes of deadweight. The vessel’s length and the forward position of its superstructure will offer a single, large cargo hold and a wide, open deck area. It will be fitted with pontoon type hatch covers and a large poop deck, which will make the vessel’s full deck area available for cargo stowage, the company said.
The tween deck on Happy Sun will be adjustable in height and the vessel will be allowed to sail with open weather deck hatches at a draught of up to 7.5 m. It will also have Finnish/Swedish 1A Ice Class notation. Its service speed will be 15 kilonewtons.
With Happy Sun, BigLift’s fleet will comprise 16 heavy lift vessels with lifting capacities up to 1,800 tonnes.