Koninklijke Boskalis Westminster N.V. : Boskalis offers combined refloat and
dry dock solution through SMIT and Dockwise
Papendrecht, 8 August 2013
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announced today that it was
recently contracted to assist with the repair and maintenance of a
semi-submersible drilling rig in the Mediterranean. Boskalis' share of the
project has been successfully completed.
Boskalis subsidiary Dockwise was contracted to provide an innovative form of
dry docking as part of the repair project. Due to the size of the rig and the
lack of a large enough dry dock in the region, the innovative solution to dry
dock on the Dockwise Vanguard was offered. The Dockwise Vanguard is uniquely
positioned for this type of large scale dry docking as well as the
transportation of very large and heavy structures. The drilling rig was loaded
onto the Dockwise Vanguard allowing inspection and repairs to be made in areas
of the rig that are otherwise below the waterline.
Also assisting in the project was Boskalis subsidiary SMIT, providing
underwater inspection and temporary repairs prior to loading the vessel onto
the Dockwise Vanguard.
Boskalis views this project as strategically important demonstrating the
opportunities for combining maritime services and assets across the breadth of
the company. Furthermore, the use of the Dockwise Vanguard for dry docking
purposes shows the versatility of the vessel. Initially positioned for the
heavy marine transport of large integrated structures, the recently announced
transportation of a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading unit (FPSO)
and this successful dry docking demonstrate the broader potential of the
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. is a leading global services provider
operating in the dredging, maritime infrastructure and maritime services
sectors. The company provides creative and innovative all-round solutions to
infrastructural challenges in the maritime, coastal and delta regions of the
world with the construction and maintenance of ports and waterways, land
reclamation, coastal defense and riverbank protection. In addition, Boskalis
offers a wide variety of marine services and contracting for the offshore
energy sector including subsea, heavy transport, lifting and installation
(through Boskalis Offshore and Dockwise) and towage and salvage (through
It also has a strategic partnership in terminal services (Smit Lamnalco). With
a versatile fleet of over 1,100 units Boskalis operates in around 75 countries
across six continents. Including its share in partnerships, Boskalis has more
than 11,000 employees.
This press release can also be found on our website www.boskalis.com.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Martijn L.D. Schuttevâer
T +31 78 6969310
F +31 78 6969020
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