/ Press release

Huisman delivers 17m super fly jib for BigLift Shipping’s “Happy Buccaneer”

5 January 2012

Last week, Huisman, the worldwide specialist in lifting, drilling and subsea solutions, successfully completed the installation and load testing of a Huisman designed and built 17m super fly jib for one of the Heavy Lift Mast Cranes onboard BigLift Shipping’s “Happy Buccaneer”. The super fly jib increases the lifting height and outreach of the crane by 50% to respectively 59m above deck and 55m radius.

Huisman delivers 17m super fly jib for BigLift Shipping’s “Happy Buccaneer”

For upcoming projects BigLift Shipping purchased this 17m long fly jib to increase outreach and lifting height. With the fly jib mounted on the “Happy Buccaneer” the crane has a maximum load of 350mt upto 35m outreach and a 250mt load at a 50m outreach. The lifting height increases to approximately 59m above deck. To reduce installation time of the fly jib, lightweight stays produced by FibreMax are being used. For future projects requiring further outreach or lifting height capacities, the fly jib can be extended. With the fly jib available for the Happy Buccaneer and de Happy S new build vessels, BigLift once again underlines its key position in heavy lift transport.


The Heavy Lift Mast Crane concept, a compact and innovative crane design for heavy lifts, was developed by Huisman in 1983 and has become an industry  standard for the design and construction of Heavy Lift Cranes. The “Happy Buccaneer” was outfitted with two Heavy Lift Mast Cranes in 1984. The original lifting capacity of these cranes was 550mt, the cranes were upgraded to 700mt in 2006. With this fly jib the Heavy Lift Mast Cranes continue to prove their added value.