Huisman has opened a new 380-meter quayside at its production facility in Zhangzhou, China, under its subsidiary Huisman China. The quayside features a Huisman-designed and produced 2,400-mt traveling quayside crane and direct deepwater access, making it suitable for loading and installation of heavy-steel construction onboard offshore vessels, including semis.
The traveling quayside crane, “Skyhook,” has two main lifting configurations. The heavy-lift configuration is capable of lifting 2400 mT at 30-meter outreach, with a maximum lifting height of 100 meters. The extended-reach configuration enables placing a 200-mT load at 90-meter outreach, with a maximum lifting height of 140 meters. The crane can travel along the quayside while carrying maximum load in its hooks.
The quayside application and design started in 2009, and construction via reclamation started early 2011. In total, 100,000 sq meters of land was reclaimed and converted into the 380-meter-long quayside, which has a load-bearing capacity up to 40 mT/sq meter, and a storage yard of 86,000 sq meters. To facilitate transport of heavy project cargo, the quay has also been equipped with special Ro-Ro hinge foundations more than 130 meters.
The quayside was launched this week during a naming ceremony for BigLift’s new heavy-lift vessel Happy Sky. The vessel, built by Larsen & Toubro in India, features two 900-mT heavy-lift Huisman mast cranes, which were the first to be commissioned at the new quayside.