SAL Heavy Lift Vessel Typ 176

Photo from SAL Heavy Lift Vessel TRINA

Guest article

Christina Wagner

From type 161b to type 176

As I had already announced in my article on the Type 161, I have taken the time today to introduce the heavy-lift carriers of the Type 176 here.

After SAL had received its tenth and last heavy-lift carrier of the type 161 from the J.J. Sietas shipyard in 2004, the type 176, a much more powerful type of heavy-lift carrier, came into service from 2008. In terms of basic concept, the new type was based on the ships of type 161b. Compared to the predecessor ships, however, the lifting capacity of the larger Type 176 was doubled to up to 1,400 t by two 700 t NMF cranes.

The two photos below show the type 161b and the type 176. The photos taken on the Elbe show the differences between the ships very clearly.

Photo from SAL Heavy Lift Vessel MARIA
The basis for the type 176 was the type 161b. Here the MARIA underway on the Elbe
Photo from SAL Heavy Lift Vessel Regine Typ 176
Beim Typ 176, hier die REGINE, wurde die Leistung gegenüber den Vorgängern verdoppelt

Here you will find a painting of the REGINE, as well as other SAL heavy-lift carriers.

Type 176

In 2005, the contract for the construction of 4 ships was concluded between SAL and the J.J. Sietas shipyard. The new ships were intended to meet the growing demand for increasingly efficient heavy-lift carriers. Even before the completion of the first ship, SAL entered into a joint venture with the Japanese "K" Line. In 2011, the Japanese took over SAL completely, which was renamed SAL Heavy Lift in 2013.

With a length of 159.8 m, the ships of this type were only slightly longer than their predecessors. However, the width of the ships was increased by 3 m to 24.00 m for stability reasons.

With the 700 t cranes, Neuenfelder Maschienfabrik (NMF) produced its largest ship cranes to date. The crane jibs can lift a load of up to 700 t at up to 14 m. At the maximum reach of 30 m, it is still 350 t. The auxiliary hoist can move loads of up to 60 t at 33 m.

On the starboard side, a third crane with a lifting capacity of 350 t, which corresponds to the main cranes of type 161b, is used on these ships.

Photo from Heavy Lift Vessel ANNE-SOFIE, 700 t Kran NMF
700 t NMF crane 1 of the ANNE-SOFIE
Photo from NMF 700 t Kran Heavy Lift Vessel ANNE-SOFIE
700 t NMF crane 2 of the ANNE-SOFIE
Photo from NMF 350 t Kran Heavy Lift vessel ANNE-SOFIE
Starboard 350 t NMF crane 3 of the ANNE-SOFIE


The main engine used on these ships is a 4-stroke, 9-cylinder diesel engine of the type MAN B&W 9L 58/64. With an output of 12,600 KW, it enables the ships, which are driven by a controllable pitch propeller, to reach a speed of up to 20.0 knots.

The first ship of this type, the FRAUKE, was delivered in February 2008. Already in April, J.J. Sietas Wewrft delivered the second ship, the ANNE-SOFIE, to SAL. In November the TRINA followed. On this ship, and also on the REGINE delivered in September 2009, the deckhouse was raised by one deck. This makes it possible to take additional persons on board for special jobs, such as offshore work.

I have compared the two versions in a drawing.

Drawing SAL Heavy Lift Typ 176
Drawing side view FRAUKE/ANNE-SOFIE , and TRINA/REGINE
Length over all:

159,80 m

Breadth moulded:    24,00 m
Breadth over all:    24,34 m
Depth moulded:    13,20 m
Draught:      9,08 m
 GT: 12.950  /  TRINA und REGINE 13.058
Deadweight: 12.007 t
Displacement: 21.400 t
Hold dimension :

107,10 m x 17,00 m x 13,10 m

Volume hold:

19.299 m³

Free deckspace:

3.128 m²

Cargo gear:

2 x NMF 700 t SWL (gekoppelt 1.400 t) 1 x NMF 350 t SWL

Main engine:

1 x MAN B&W 9L 58/64  Dieselmotor mit 12.600 kW


This is not the end of the history of the series of heavy-lift vessels. After the Type 161 and the Type 176, an even more powerful type of this series followed in 2010, the Type 183, which I will also present here shortly.

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