Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has successfully loaded the 3,394 passenger cruise ship Carnival Vista on its semi-submersible heavy lift vessel Boka Vanguard and transported it to Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas for a unique drydocking operation.
Plans for the innovative project were announced earlier this month.
Commencing last Saturday, July 13, at sunrise, the Boka Vanguard loaded and lifted the cruise ship in a successful operation a few miles off the coast of Freeport. The loading operation including the refloat took twelve hours.
The Boka Vanguard then safely transported Carnival Vista to Grand Bahama Shipyard where repairs to the ship’s Azipod propulsion system will take place while the cruise ship is resting on the heavy lift vessel.
On completion of the repairs, Carnival Vista will be offloaded in time for its next scheduled cruise voyage from Galveston, Texas on July 27.
About the Boka Vanguard
The Boka Vanguard is the world’s largest semi-submersible ship uniquely positioned to lift and transport extremely heavy cargoes in a dry and safe manner. It is unique in that is has an open and flat stern and bow-less deck measuring 275 meters by 70 meters allowing the vessel to lift and transport cargo’s longer and wider than these deck dimensions. By filling its ballast tanks, the ship deck is submerged in a controlled manner, allowing it to lift deep draft cargoes. This creates an alternative for drydocking allowing inspections and repairs to be safely and efficiently conducted at a location where traditional dry dock alternatives are not available.