An illustration of the newbuild Dockwise Vanguard courtesy Dockwise

Life is good when you can tranport over 100,000 metric tons.

Heavy lift operator Dockwise today announced that its new-build “Type-0″ super vessel, Dockwise Vanguard, has been booked for its second project, transporting an FPSO from Korea to Norway.  Directly following the transportation of the Jack & St. Malo platform to the Gulf of Mexico in 2013, the Dockwise Vanguard will return to its roots at Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea to pick up the Goliat FPSO and transport it to the northern coast of Norway.

“The Vanguard is already adding unique capacity and new flexibility to the Dockwise fleet,” said Dockwise CEO, Andre Goedee.  “This is of particular value for clients with the most challenging assignments. In case of today’s announcement we created an opportunity for the client to optimize the project execution schedule with a flexible and robust solution for the transportation of the Goliat FPSO from Korea to Europe. We consider this another strong endorsement of Dockwise’s decision to invest in a major new-build asset ahead of the surge in demand for Transport & Installation projects in the next decade.”

The Dockwise Vanguard is expected to be delivered in late 2012 from Hyundai Heavy Industries.

The Goliat FPSO will be operated by Eni for oil production of the Goliat field located offshore Northern Norway in sub-arctic conditions. The platform is designed as a fully integrated and enclosed winterized floating production platform (FPSO).

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