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New product range unveiled by lifting equipment specialist.

HUISMAN, the Dutch specialist in heavy lifting, pipelay and drilling equipment, has designed and manufactured the drilling tower and related pipe, riser and blowout preventer (BOP) handling equipment for the first Shell/Frontier Bully drill ship which was recently shipped from the Huisman quay in Schiedam to the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore.

Delivery of the equipment is in line with the delivery schedule of the new build Bully 1 vessel at Keppel Shipyard. The Huisman delivery of similar equipment for Bully 2 is planned in five months time, says a company press release.

All equipment has been manufactured at the Huisman production facility in The Netherlands. The drill tower has been suspended on the quay, fully assembled and tested prior to transportation. Also the top drive and service loops were installed.

The drill tower will be installed onboard the vessel with a single lift. Subsequent commissioning of the complete system is expected to take less than three months. This results in a considerable efficiency improvement and therefore installation cost reduction.

The Bully range drill ships are designed to offer a lower cost and more flexible alternative for drilling in ultradeep and Arctic conditions, adds the release.

Meanwhile, Huisman has currently expanded its heavy lifting product range with a customised range of wind turbine installation cranes. Building on the successful operation of the existing Huisman heavy lifting equipment for the installation of wind turbines and the increasing demand for customised equipment by the fast growing market for renewables, the company has now designed a range of tailor-made cranes that will be able to efficiently install current turbines, as well as future turbines.

The new designs for wind turbine installation cranes are a result of many years of design and operational experience and based on the company's drive to design and deliver new solutions that add value to the market's existing technologies. The cranes can be outfitted with additional features to ensure a safe installation procedure at high elevations.

The company's in-house developed and manufactured heavy lifting equipment is widely used within the industry for over 30 years and has become a standard in the design and construction of heavy lift cranes. This has resulted in a world market leadership for heavy lift cranes above 600 million tonne (mt) capacity.

Huisman -- originally founded in 1929 as a steel construction company -- joined forces with the engineering company, ITREC, in 1987 to develop products entirely under its own management, from concept to delivery. "As this approach has become common practice in everything we do for many years now, we have decided to change the composed brand name Huisman-Itrec to Huisman and change our company name Huisman Special Lifting Equipment to Huisman Equipment," the release says.

Huisman is a privately owned company operating globally with extensive experience in the design and manufacturing of heavy construction equipment for world's leading on and offshore companies. Its operations are divided between its offices in The Netherlands, Brazil, China, Czech Republic and US and our production facilities in The Netherlands, Czech Republic and China.

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Date:Jan 28, 2010
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