BigLift’s latest heavy lift vessel begins maiden voyage
BY MELANIE CRUTHIRDS, News Editor
AMSTERDAM -- BigLift Shipping has announced that on Sunday, July 28, Happy Sky began to her maiden voyage from Shanghai to Cape Lambert, Australia. The vessel is transporting three large modules (1 x 935 mt, 1 x 818 mt, and 1 x 777 mt) to be installed as a part of the Port B, Phase B project in Cape Lambert. This voyage is the first of four consecutive shipments.
Happy Sky is the latest addition to BigLift Shipping’s fleet of heavy lift vessels. She was built by Larsen & Toubro in India, and features two 900-mt, Huisman-built heavy lift mast cranes. The vessel’s lifting height of 41 m above deck is unmatched in the world fleet of heavy lift vessels, the company said.
Happy Sky is 155 m long and has 18.680 tdwt. The vessel’s length and the forward position of her superstructure offer a single, large cargo hold and a wide, open deck area. She has folding hatch covers, a large poop deck and cargo rails, which make the vessel’s full deck area available for cargo stowage. Her tween deck is adjustable in height, and she is allowed to sail with open weather deck hatches at a draught of up to 7.5 m. Furthermore, she has Finnish/Swedish 1A Ice Class notation. During sea trials, Happy Sky achieved a service speed of 17 kn.