Wednesday, April 10, 2019

If You Wondered What Happened to the Hansa Heavy Lift Ships Look No Further

Dutch Group Acquires Multipurpose Vessels and More
Shipping News Feature
NETHERLANDS – As the ocean heavy lift sector rebalances after the demise of Hansa last December we recently saw an agreement between the Dutch Spliethoff group and South Korean outfit BigLift and it is now clearer what has become of some of the Hansa (HHL) fleet of multipurpose vessels and heavy lift ships.

Early this year the Spliethoff Group acquired four of the multipurpose ships, namely MV Hudsongracht (HHL Elbe), MV Humbergracht (HHL Tyne), MV Heerengracht (HHL Amur) and MV Houtmangracht (HHL Mississippi). Each of these are circa 12,750 dwt and have combined crane capacities between 300 and 360 tonnes. At the same time the company also took on the heavy lift vessel MV Prinsengracht (HHL New York).

More recently Spliethoff has taken over an additional five former Hansa Heavy Lift vessels. The P8-Type series of about 20,100 dwt Pietersgracht (HHL Kobe) equipped with two holds and cranes with a combined capacity of 800 tonnes, the same specifications as the MV Prinsengracht. Also acquired were the P14-Type series ships, each circa 19.450 dwt, with two holds and a combined crane capacity of 1,400 tonnes, the MV Pijlgracht (HHL Lagos), MV Poolgracht (HHL Fremantle), MV Pauwgracht (HHL Richards Bay) and MV Paleisgracht (HHL Tokyo).

All the above mentioned ships are or will be reflagged to Dutch register and means that the dry cargo specialist has a total of over 70 multipurpose and heavy lift vessels available for the breakbulk, project and heavy transport markets. This fleet are now being operated in close cooperation with heavy transport operator BigLift Shipping following that recent tie up.