Spliethoff’s newbuild heavy-lift vessel Brouwersgracht was launched from dry dock on Friday 8 April at Mawei shipyard in Fuzhou China. At the same time, sister vessel Bloemgracht was floated.

The Brouwersgracht has been moved to the outfitting quay where the production will continue towards trials and delivery later this year. The Bloemgracht will remain in the dry dock with production continuing towards launching.

Also read: Construction kicks off for Spliethoff’s new offshore supply vessels

B-type heavy lift vessels

The state-of-the-art DP2 B-type heavy-lift vessels combine the intake of a multi-purpose vessel with a DP2, station-keeping ability of up to Bft 6, making them ideal for supplying large volumes and heavy cargo directly offshore. To obtain the fast, safe and efficient loading and discharge of pipes, both on and offshore, the vessel has a removable, automated, pipe-handling gantry crane installed.

The vessels are equipped with two Huisman 500 mt heavy lift mast cranes, making them suitable for both heavy-lift transportation and offshore installation. To fit in with Spliethoff’s continuous drive for greener operations, the vessels’ design is fuel-efficient and the propulsion and power generation systems are equipped with scrubbers and SCR (selective catalytic reduction) systems.

Also read: Huisman reaches 100 mast crane track record

With 12,500 mt deadweight, an open top notation, two tween deck levels and 5900 m2 of total deck space, the intake of the B-Type is significantly higher than existing offshore supply vessels.

Also read: Conoship designs B-type vessel for Spliethoff