Boskalis’ largest semi-submersible heavy transport vessel was part of a major marine decommissioning project for the first time. The Boka Vanguard picked up a floating production unit (FPU) off the West African coast and delivered it at a ship recycling facility in Scandinavia.
The FPU was secured and disconnected by Boskalis’ subsidiary Smit Salvage late last year.
Boskalis prides itself for its versatile fleet that can be deployed for multiple purposes. The Boka Vanguard, for example, was recently used to transport the 322-by-48-metre cruise ship Carnival Vista as well as a newly built 385-by-60-metre fish farm. Last but not least, the Boka Vanguard transported six caissons with a total weight of more than 93,000 tonnes: its heaviest cargo ever.
The 116,175-DWT Boka Vanguard was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries and delivered in 2012. The vessel sails under the flag of Curacao. It has a length overall of 275 metres, a breadth (moulded) of 70 metres and a depth of 15.5 metres. Its draught when submerged is 31 metres. Its deck space measures 275 x 70 metres.
Picture by Boskalis.