Unparalleled possibilities of the Dockwise Vanguard
An appropriate ship that has no competition creates its own market. This certainly applies to the Vanguard. The Dockwise semi-submersible transport vessel that was brought into service in early 2013 was a success right from the start. Two mega transport contracts were added to the portfolio even before the ship was taken into service and four more contracts were acquired in 2013.
The Vanguard was designed for deployment in the offshore industry, to transport the increasingly heavy constructions for oil and gas platforms. “The Vanguard is unique in its kind because its exceptional load capacity and design mean that it can do more than any other transport vessel in the market,” explained Sander Bikkers, Director Sales Heavy Marine Transport at Dockwise.
“The existing Heavy Lift offering in the market was an obstacle to the growth and size of offshore constructions. The Vanguard allows us to remove this barrier by making the integrated construction of platforms a possibility for our clients. So rather than having the lower part built in Korea and the top structure in America, the entire platform can be built wherever in the world this can be done most efficiently. The Vanguard has the capability to transport all the parts to their destination in one go, something that is virtually impossible with traditional tugs. What’s more, we are also able to transport extremely long sections thanks to the Vanguard’s open bow and stern construction. In addition, the Vanguard can sail 50% faster than large oceangoing tugs; this frees up time to complete the construction of parts at the yard or to get down to work sooner at the installation site. The environmental impact from emissions is also almost 50% lower. Moreover, faster and dry transport means a lower risk premium for the transport, cutting clients’ insurance expenses by nearly 15%.”
Dockwise is eyeing a new market segment for the Vanguard: the dry-docking, both at the quayside and offshore, and transportation of FPSOs. “The advantage for the client is that such a platform will be back in production sooner than with conventional dry-docking. Last summer the Vanguard already carried out a dry-dock repair in Malta, where it was used to dock a semi-submersible oil platform at the quayside. Another unforeseen use is for salvage work involving very large or badly damaged ships that cannot be towed, such as the contract to transport the heavily damaged cruise ship Concordia that - to further complicate matters - lies in shallow water off the Italian coast.”
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