The Happy Buccaneer is the grand old lady of the BigLift fleet. Last week, the heavy-lift vessel visited Huisman in Schiedam, where the vessel’s forward crane was equipped with a 17-metre flyjib, increasing its lifting height and outreach.

Huisman built and delivered its very first Heavy Lift Mast Cranes in 1984 and these were fitted on the Happy Buccaneer. The cranes are fully electric mast cranes. Although the cranes have been upgraded from 550-mt to 700-mt lifting capacity, they are still the same cranes seen on the vessel today.

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17-metre flyjib

A 17-metre flyjib can be fitted on the ship’s forward crane. This flyjib increases lifting height and outreach considerably, with lifting capacity still up to 350 mt safe working load (SWL).

After the flyjib was fitted, the vessel left for its next project.

Happy Buccaneer

The Happy Buccaneer was built for BigLift in 1984 and sails under the Dutch flag. Its carrying capacity is 13740 t DWT and the vessel measures 145.9 metres by 28.35 metres.

Picture by Huisman.

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