Heavy lift transport

Transport of Heavy Lifts, both buoyant and non-buoyant, such as modules for the oil and gas industry, bridge sections and other heavy and large units by sea is a growing market .

Two of the biggest operators in this market, COSCO and Dongbang, is joining forces to offer as wide a variety of ships and services as possible:

This thread is over 1 year old but, since I’m the only one on it I take the change to add a new post here.

OHT has completed transporting 48 3-legged jacket foundations for Moray East Offshore wind farm from UAE to Nigg Bay, Scotland.


That has taken 8 months using two HLV, the Osprey and Albatross according to the news article. (Although I have seen pictures of the Hawk in Nigg Bay as well)

Ombugge: Thanks for all of your posts, and especially the heavy lift ones. Heavy lift has always fascinated me, and especially since I had the opportunity to ride as passenger aboard cargo on a yacht transport from Nanaimo, Canada to Port Everglades, Florida. Amazing vessels. The one pictured required a closer look on the website to see how it could see where it was going!

The BIGROLL BERING loaded several newbuilding hulls including the MTS RIVAL in China for transporation to Rotterdam Photo’s via Henri Mulders Superintendent bij Alpinist S.A.


ZHEN HUA 16 (LR) arrived from Shanghai (CN) with container handling equipment for the Chinese harbor in Haifa Photo : Peter Szamosi ©


The 2012 built ZHI YUAN KOU Heavy Load Carrier, leaving St Annabai, Willemstad, with three ‘Bourbon’ units as cargo as seen from the WAVE SENTINEL Photo : Andrew Hanna ©

Space for some more.

Some Heavy lift vessels can do more than just carrying large heavy and oversized cargo from A to B:
Watch: Karish FPSO Mooring System Installation.

Many kind of cargos are carried on HLV:


ENI Mexico Tower load out on the BLACK MARLIN heading for Mexico.
Photo : Courtesy Les Johnston


ARCTIC ROCK navigating the Schelde off Antwerp Photo : Piet Dubbeldam ©


VESTVIND arriving at Nigg Energy Park with the first of the 100 NACELLE`s for MORAY EAST OWF Photo : David Meek ©

New HLV with DP2 class under construction:


Mid West Ports Authority has been advised that the loading operation of BARKLY PEARL on to the heavy lift ship FALCON was successful overnight. Sea fastening and associated inspections are being carried out in preparation for the Falcon to sail from Abrolhos Island today, Sunday, 10 January 2021.

Wish them good speed and following wind on the voyage.

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