The naming ceremony for BigLift Shipping’s new heavy lift vessel Happy Star, built by Ouhua Shipbuilding in China, was held today at Huisman China’s yard in Xiamen, the company said.
The ceremony was performed by Mrs Leanda Breakell, spouse of Mr. Greg Breakell, Managing Director of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (Australia) Pty Ltd.
With her 29 m wide deck and two 900 mt heavy lift mast cranes she will be the new flag ship. According to BigLift, together with Happy Sky, the Happy S Series is now complete.
Happy Star features two 900 mt Heavy Lift Mast Cranes – built by Huisman and installed at Huisman China’s yard in Xiamen. The 156-meter long heavy lift vessel, has Finnish/Swedish 1A Ice Class notation.
Happy Star’s tween deck is adjustable in height and she is allowed to sail with open weather deck hatches at a draught of up to 8 metres. During sea trials the vessel achieved a service speed of 16.6 kn at 7m draft.
The first voyage will take Happy Star from Nantong to Port Hedland, Australia, where she will discharge two 1600 mt wharf deck modules, each module weighing 1478 mt including lifting gear; the heaviest cargo item the company has lifted so far.
With Happy Star, BigLift’s fleet comprises 15 heavy lift vessels with lifting capacities up to 1,800 mt.