The "Dockwise Vanguard" has a dedicated design for ultra-heavy units weighing up to 110,000 tonnes
The "Dockwise Vanguard", the world's largest semi-submersible heavy transport vessel to date, has safely completed its first float-on operation.
The vessel, loaded with the semi-submersible offshore platform hull "Jack/St. Malo", is now on its maiden voyage carrying the 56,000 tonne-hull on deck.
The "Dockwise Vanguard" successfully executed the float-on exercise of the "Jack/St. Malo" platform hull at the Silli-Do deep hole near the Samsung Heavy Industries yard in Geoje, South Korea. "The float-on operation was precisely and safely executed as planned. It took no more than 4 hours before the cargo stood firm on her cribbing," said Ronald Goetheer, project manager at Dockwise. After almost two days of sea fastening, the "Dockwise Vanguard" started its journey towards the Kiewit yard in Ingleside, Texas, USA, where it is expected to arrive mid-April.