Huisman secured a contract from COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard for the delivery of four customized 400mt Rope Luffing Knuckle Boom Cranes and two 100mt Knuckle Boom Cranes onboard four new subsea support vessels (SSVs) for Maersk Supply Service.
The first vessels, Marin Teknikk design MT 6027, are scheduled for delivery in Q4 2016.
Huisman CEO Joop Roodenburg says: “We truly cherish this new collaboration as we value the professional input of all parties involved. We trust that the pleasant and constructive cooperation will lead to a long term partnership between our companies.”
Huisman’s patented Rope Luffing Knuckle Boom Crane is designed to provide reliable solutions for subsea installations in increasingly deeper water and offshore construction in severe weather conditions. The active heave compensated (AHC) cranes combine the benefits of a Rope Luffing Crane and a Knuckle Boom Crane. As such it offers a low overall construction weight, high lifting height and large capacity at outreach, Huisman said.
The main hoisting system is comprised of a traction and storage winch system and a separate heave compensation system.
The below deck heave compensation system includes a passive component with an integrated gas spring that functions as a shock absorber.
The contract between COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard and Huisman contains an optional scope for two 400mt Rope Luffing Knuckle Boom Cranes for two additional vessels.
Huisman’s sister company SMST will deliver the two 100mt Knuckle Boom Cranes with options for four more cranes.
The components for the four Rope Luffing Knuckle Boom Cranes will be built at the Huisman facilities in China, the Netherlands as well as in Czech Republic. They will be transported to the COSCO Shipyard in Dalian, China for final installation, commissioning and testing onboard.