SAL Heavy Lift has added two ships of Type 116 to its fleet to serve clients with lift requirements of up to 900 mtons. MV Calypso and MV Amoenitas are equipped with two cranes of each 450 mtons and have the highest ice class.
As SAL's type 183 and 176 vessels are well planned ahead, the fleet's expansion with type 116 responds to the growing demand for its mid-range services on the part of customers worldwide.
Owing to this large number in requests, the first voyages of both ships are already fully booked: MV Amoenitas has left Masan, South Korea, and travels to the Black Sea port of Mangalia in Romania carrying a cargo of engines. On the way there, the vessel made a port call in China to load three tugs weighing up to 685 tonnes each, which were discharged in Myanmar. MV Calypso has loaded project cargo, including a reactor over 500 mtons, in Thailand for delivery to the United States in August.
The names of both vessels were chosen for historical reasons: In 1984, the original MV Calypso became the first ordered heavy lift vessel to be added to SAL’s fleet. The historical S.S. Amoenitas was the first ship purchased by SAL's founding family, the Heinrichs, in 1865; it came freshly built from the Sietas shipyard. Both names are intended to honour Hans Heinrich who passed away in December 2013.