Heavylift / Breakbulk

26.01.2018 By: Jutta Iten

Artikel Nummer: 21771

A ship unloader from Taiwan to Japan

The specialist BigLift Shipping recently transported a continuous ship ­unloader halfway across Asia. It deployed its specialist vessel «Happy Star» for the task, as it is equipped with the necessary heavylift cranes.


Extraordinary heavylift transport tasks continue to attract attention worldwide – not only of the general public, but occasionally also of the experts, such as when a large ship unloader was hauled from Kaohsiung (Taiwan) to Onahama (Japan) on board BigLift Shipping’s Happy Star recently. The equipment was the heaviest such machinery ever shipped by the vessel.


The rather special consignment was lifted on board the Happy Star in the port of Kaohsiung by the ship’s two 900 t mast cranes. The total weight of the shipment came to 1,542 t and it was lifted from a distance of 17 m from the ship’s side. After the maritime voyage the unloader was discharged at a new terminal in Onahama. During the discharge operation the consignment had to pass over a conveyor belt system located on the quay, which was achieved with sufficient clearance thanks to the ship’s cranes and their lifting heights.



Rapid turnaround the target

“The ship unloader will facilitate the unloading of coal in the port of Onahama and guarantee fast turn-around times for vessels loading and unloading there. On top of this it’s not a great burden on the environment,” a BigLift spokesperson elaborated.


BigLift Shipping, a heavylift and project cargo company, is a member of the Spliethoff Group, from the Netherlands. Its fleet consists of 16 multipurpose heavy transport vessels, with a third Happy S-type vessel due to be added to the fleet in 2019, joining the two already deployed. All of the line’s heavylift vessels are equipped with their own gear, offering lifting capacities of up to 1,800 t. Some of its ships have ro-ro capabilities for loads weighing as much as 2,500 t.