Heavy lift ship

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The HLS Blue Marlin delivering the Offshore production platform Thunderhorse

Heavy Lift Ship

Heavy lift ship, is a type of vessel used to lift extremly heavy items in the marine industry. The majority of heavy lift ships are owned by the Dockwise company, however there are a few small companys scattered around the world.


Consist of a submersible hull with limited freeboard amidships, and elevated superstructures both fore and aft. The hull is strengthened for direct lifting. These ships have a large ballast capacity and some capacity for divers to place blocks. They are able to carry multiple smaller vessels or large combined loads.

Notable Vessels

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