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How many tugs can you transport on one vessel?

Photo: Damen/BigLift Damen Shipyards teams up with BigLift to bring 11 tugs from East Asia to Europe on one vessel (2).JPG
Damen Shipyards and heavy lift specialist BigLift Shipping have shipped 11 tugs from the shipbuilder’s yards in Vietnam and China to Europe.

The rare mass delivery of vessels was planned and organised in just two months, much shorter than the usual lead time of six months.

The ship used to transport the eleven Damen tugs was BigLift’s Happy Star, a 156-metre heavy lift vessel equipped with two heavy lift mast cranes of 1,100 tonnes each.

The Happy Star departed Halong Bay, Vietnam, and arrived 38 days later at Vigo, Spain, to unload one vessel before continuing to Rotterdam.

It was not a first for the Happy Star that transported 22 vessels of various types on the same route, in 2015.

Damen/BigLiftDamen and BigLift ship 11 tugs on one vessel

This is all part of being a total maritime solutions provider. In addition, clients taking advantage of this service also enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that that their vessels are fully covered by Damen’s warranty programme right from the start,” said Rimmert Berlijn, Damen Services Heavylift Coordinator.