A steel cutting ceremony at Drydocks World in Dubai has kicked off the hull modification of Boskalis’ BokaLift 2. The conversion scope includes the fabrication and installation of 9000 tonnes of steel blocks on both sides of the vessel to increase stability and the installation of a new work deck.

A 4000-tonne crane will be installed on the vessel in 2021. This revolving crane will be capable of lifting structures more than 100 metres high.

‘The steel cutting ceremony marks an important step for Boskalis and the conversion of the Bokalift 2,’ says Peter Berdowski, CEO of Boskalis. ‘The huge deck space combined with the large crane make the Bokalift 2 an extremely versatile asset and valuable addition to the Boskalis fleet. We look forward to putting this unique crane vessel to work on its maiden offshore wind project in Taiwan.’

The Bokalift 2 will be deployed for the first time at the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farm (CFXD OWF) project in Taiwan, which is owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and two Taiwanese life insurance companies. The project includes the transportation and installation of 62 three-legged jacket foundations and the accompanying 186 pin piles.