August 24 - Huisman has secured new crane contracts with a total value of around EUR300 million (USD338 million) from various contractors, including two 900-tonne capacity heavy lift ship cranes for BigLift Shipping.
The two cranes for BigLift are destined for installation on the company's third Happy S-type newbuild vessel, Happy Sun, which is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2018.
The cranes will be built at Huisman's production facilities in the Netherlands, Czech Republic and China.
As well as the two ship cranes, Huisman's order includes a 1,600-tonne capacity leg circling crane for Van Oord; four 2,200-tonne capacity offshore mast cranes for OOS International; a 3,000-tonne capacity offshore mast crane for Boskalis; and a 5,000-tonne capacity tub-mounted crane for Allseas.
The Van Oord crane will replace the existing 900-tonne capacity crane on board its offshore installation jack-up vessel, Aeolus, and will enable it to install bigger and heavier foundations and turbines for offshore wind farms. The crane is scheduled for delivery and installation in the first quarter of 2018.
Meanwhile, Boskalis' new 3,000-tonne capacity crane will be installed on board one of its existing F-class heavy transport vessels, which will be converted into an offshore transport and installation crane ship. Delivery of the crane is expected by the end of 2017.
An artist's impression of the 5,000-tonne capacity Huisman crane ordered by Allseas, which will be put to use on its installation and decommissioning ship Pioneering Spirit.