Amsterdam, Paris, 21st of June 2007
We are pleased to inform all our clients that BigLift Shipping, currently operating 13 heavy lift vessels having a maximum lifting capacity of 1400 mt, is undertaking an investment program to extend the fleet in numbers of vessels and in lifting capacity.
BigLift signed a contract with Larsen & Toubro of India, for the construction of two multi-purpose heavy-lift vessels.
The main characteristics of the new buildings are:
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The vessels will be equipped with two Huisman heavy-lift mast cranes, each having an SWL of 900 mt: lifting capacity in tandem 1800 mt.
The newbuildings will have 1A Finnish Ice class, have hydraulically operated upperdeck hatch covers, pontoon tweendeck covers at adjustable heights, two trolley cranes of 37.5 t SWL, hold ventilation and heating, C02 and sprinkler systems in the hold.
The vessels will be able to carry all kinds of dry cargo as well as project cargoes and heavy lifts in the most efficient manner.
To carry very tall heavy lifts such as cranes, modules, etc. the ships can sail with the upperdeck covers totally or partially open.
The vessels will be delivered end 2009 and early 2010. BigLift and Larsen & Toubro agreed on two further options for sister vessels.
The vessels are built at the brand-new shipbuilding facility of Larsen & Toubro at Hazira.
Larsen & Toubro. India�s largest private engineering and construction company, recently decided to further diversify their activities into shipbuilding; targeting the construction of sophisticated vessels such as the BigLift newbuildings.