CY Shipping and BigLift Shipping will add two more heavy transport vessels (HTV) to their joint fleet, bringing the number of open deck carriers in their roster to six.

BigLift Shipping and CY order two new HTVs

Source: BigLift Shipping

The first newbuild, owned by CY Shipping, will be delivered in Q4 2025 and the second vessel, owned by BigLift Shipping, will join the carrier during Q2 2026. They will be built at Jing Jiang Nanyang Shipbuilding in China.

Jointly designed by both parties, the BC-class ships are designed to transport ultra-large and heavy modular cargoes worldwide.

The overall length of the BC-class is 180 m, the beam is 43 m, and the deck measures 43 m by 140 m, resulting in an unobstructed deck space of 6,020 sq m. Cargoes can be loaded and discharged over the vessels’ stern or side by ro-ro or skidding. The BC-class has a draught of 12 m, a maximum deadweight of 25,000 tonnes, and the ballast capacity is 12,000 cu m per hour. The vessels are not semi-submersible.

BigLift said the design focuses on reliable service speed, low accelerations and optimised loading and discharge times. Because of the similar frame spacing, depth, ballast and tidal compensation capacity they will be interchangeable with BigLift’s MC-class vessels BigLift Barentsz and BigLift Baffin.

In 2019, the Netherlands-based BigLift agreed to cooperate with South Korea’s CY in the heavy transport sector.