CY Shipping and BigLift Shipping plan to increase their fleet of heavy transport vessels (HTVs) to six vessels, by adding two new HTVs. The first vessel, owned by CY Shipping, will be delivered in Q4 2025 and the second vessel, owned by BigLift Shipping, in Q2 2026.

Newbuilding contracts for the two new HTVs have been signed with Jing Jiang Nanyang Shipbuilding, China. The vessels, jointly designed by CY Shipping and BigLift Shipping, are called the BC-Class.

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Ultra-large and heavy modular cargoes

The vessels are designed to transport ultra-large and heavy modular cargoes worldwide, with a focus on reliable service speed, low accelerations and optimised loading and discharge times. Because of the similar frame spacing, depth, ballast and tidal compensation capacity, they will be interchangeable with BigLift’s MC-Class vessels BigLift Barentsz and BigLift Baffin, offering even more deck length and stern loading capability.

The overall length of the BC-Class is 180 metres, the beam is 43 metres, and the deck measures 43 by 140 metres, resulting in an unobstructed deck space of 6020 m2. Cargoes can be loaded and discharged over the vessels’ stern or side by Ro-Ro or skidding. The BC-Class has a depth of 12 metres, a maximum deadweight of 25,000 mt, and the ballast capacity is 12,000 m3/hr. The vessels are not semi-submersible.


Since 2019, BigLift Shipping and CY Shipping combine their heavy transport shipping capabilities. The current fleet, comprising four HTVs, is commercially fully operated by BigLift Shipping. The newbuild BC-Class vessels enable the company to offer even more transport services with three pairs of identical sister vessels, allowing the company to participate in long-term contracts and single voyages worldwide.

Picture by BigLift Shipping.

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