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Huisman reaches 100 Mast Crane track record

29 March 2022

With the delivery of two Heavy Lift Mast Cranes (HLMC) for Spliethoff, Huisman has reached a track record of 100 Mast Cranes. The first one of its kind, built in 1984, is still performing excellently today aboard BigLift Shipping’s heavy lift vessel Happy Buccaneer.


Huisman reaches 100 Mast Crane track record

The two HLMCs installed on Spliethoff’s new build heavy lift vessel Brouwersgracht have a lifting capacity of 500mt each, making the vessel suitable for both heavy lift transportation and offshore installation. Huisman Mast Crane designs are characterised by their low weight, high capacity, optimisation of free deck space and vessel stability during (off)loading.

Arne Hubregtse, member Executive Board of Spliethoff Group: “With our newbuilding vessels Brouwersgracht and Bloemgracht we will have eight heavy lift vessels equipped with Huisman Heavy Lift Mast Cranes in our fleet. By their excellent crane designs and resulting capabilities the Huisman cranes have often given us a competitive edge. We look forward to performing challenging projects with the 100th to the 103rd HLMC as well and trust Huisman will keep developing their cranes to support the heavy lift and offshore market with groundbreaking designs.”

David Roodenburg, CEO of Huisman: “It’s a great honour to celebrate this wonderful milestone with Spliethoff and its group sister BigLift Shipping. Within 40 years, we have delivered our first HLMCs for the Happy Buccaneer and our 100th for Spliethoff’s latest addition to its fleet. The fact that the Happy Buccaneer’s cranes are still operational is a proof of the robust technology and extensive operational lifetime of this crane design. We hope that our cranes will continue to play an important role in Spliethoff Group’s success in the decades to come.”

In 1984, Huisman received the Entrepreneurs Award Heavy Lift Mast Cranes for the design of the 550mt Happy Buccaneer HLMCs. The innovative and compact design of the full electric HLMC proved to be a real step change in the heavy lift industry. Huisman has been a frontrunner in the electrification of heavy lift cranes to optimise energy efficiency.

Huisman’s in-house developed and manufactured cranes have become an industry-standard in design and construction.

Features & benefits of the Huisman Heavy Lift Mast Crane

  • Superior load curve compared to conventional cranes with a similar footprint
  • Fully electrically driven
  • Small foundation required
  • Very small tail swing
  • Low inherent construction weight
  • Low centre of gravity
  • Vertical boom storage
  • Wirelessly remote controlled
  • Improved visibility for the operator
  • Super Fly-jib (optional)
  • Power regeneration
  • Tandem configuration; the two cranes can be operated by a single operator
  • Lifting capacity up to 2,500mt
  • Overturning moment up to approx. 45,000tm – higher on request