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Bigger times ahead for heavy lift sector

Bigger times ahead for heavy lift sector
Singapore: The lifting capacity of heavy lift vessels is expected to continue to rise as cargoes get larger and more complicated, according to owners specialising in the sector.

Speaking at Sea Asia 2013 Tomas Dyrbye, ceo of Hansa Heavy Lift, said: “It is clear the cargo we transport is getting more complicated, bigger, heavier and more difficult to handle.”

He said the trend had not come to end yet. As a result the standard lifting capacity has shifted up from 700 – 800 tonnes a few years ago, to over 1,000 tonnes now. Some vessels have been built with a capacity to lift 2,000 tonnes. Dyrbye said he “didn’t want to guess” where the trend would end.

The largest ships in Hansa’s fleet have a lifting capacity of 1,400 tonnes.

He also noted that the supply chains associated with heavy lift shipping were getting more complex.

An upturn in the heavy lift sector is expected within the next year or so. “The MPP (multi purpose vessel)/heavy lift market should be close to a turnaround,” said Henrik Pedersen, vice president and head of projects for Clipper Singapore. “We are seeing signs underlying the market that may see an improvement going into the end of 2013 or 2014.”

 Dyrbye noted customers he had talked to were bullish for the future and had large orderbooks. He said he was also optimistic about an upturn in the heavy lift shipping market but did not expect it “to go through the roof”.


However, he also said heavy lift shipping faced competition at the bottom end of the market from bulkers and the top end from container vessels