Ship Photos of the Day – Dockwise Vanguard Loads Gargantuan Cargo in Rotterdam

Dockwise Vanguard, the world's most capable semi-submersible heavy lift ship, was in the Port of Rotterdam this weekend to load the Armada Intrepid Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) for transport to Indonesia. With a length of 245 meters, the FPSO is the longest cargo ever loaded onto the heavy lift ship, according to Dockwise's parent company Boskalis. The … [Read more...]

Nation’s Largest Floating Drydock Arrives In Portland – Photos


The soon-to-be largest floating drydock in the United States made its way up the Willamette River and into Portland on Monday aboard the Blue Marlin. The drydock, known as the Vigorous, is destined for Vigor Industrial's Portland shipyard. Fully assemble, the drydock will measure a whopping 960-feet - more than three times the height of the Statue of Liberty - and will have … [Read more...]

Watch: Dolwin Beta Arrives in Haugesund


The Dolwin Beta high voltage AC/DC power converter platform arrived yesterday afternoon in Haugesund, Norway. A collaboration between Aibel AS and ABB, Dolwin Beta's submersible hull was built at Drydocks World in the UAE and transported via the heavy lift vessel Mighty Servant I, owned by Boskalis subsidiary, Dockwise. Once outfitted at Aibel's yard in Haugesund with the … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Valemon Topside Departs South Korea Shipyard

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Statoil’s Valemon topside left the Samsung Heavy Industries yard in South Korea on June 15, 2014 atop the Dockwise Triumph for its delivery to the Norwegian continental shelf. The journey to the Valemon field in the North Sea is expected to take about 45 days, at which point it will be lifted onto the 9,150 ton Heerema HFG-built jacket by the heavy lift vessel Saipem … [Read more...]

Dockwise Planning New Heavy Lift Ship That Will Dwarf Everything

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Royal Boskalis Westminster says it is studying the feasibility of a new, even larger heavy lift transport vessel that will dwarf even its Dockwise Vanguard, the ship with the world's greatest carrying capacity. Boskalis made the announcement at this week’s Offshore Technology Conference in Houston that it is looking into a new ultra large “V-class” Heavy Marine Transport … [Read more...]

Mighty Servant 3 Sinks – A Look Back

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In December 2006, Dockwise's heavy lift vessel, Mighty Servant 3 was offloading the semi-submersible drilling rig Aleutian Key in the port of Luanda, Angola when disaster struck. The vessel was ballasting down to offload the rig when the vessel began to develop excessive stern trim and subsequently sank in 203 feet of water.  She was salvaged by SMIT International the … [Read more...]

SPOTD: Dockwise’s Blue Marlin Arrives at BAE Systems in Australia

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gCaptain reader Andrew Mackinnon sends us the following image today from Port Phillip, Australia of the Boskalis-Dockwise heavy lift vessel Blue Marlin, carrying Australia's newest, yet incomplete, Canberra-class landing helicopter dock, LHDS Adelaide.  She arrived from Navantia Shipyard in Spain and is to be completed by BAE Systems Australia located at Williamstown, … [Read more...]