The main objective of Fleet Management remains the same: to ensure that the equipment is reliable and available for deployment on projects. Fleet Management is also responsible for carrying out the entire Boskalis newbuild and maintenance program.
For the dredging and offshore fleet the integration with SMIT has resulted in good cross-pollination of knowledge and experience in terms of fleet management. We have brought together the best of both worlds and are able to put our shared knowledge to the best possible use for our business.
The Fleet Management department is responsible for the management and maintenance of the dredging fleet and the SMIT vessels used for Offshore Energy and Salvage. The management and maintenance of the terminal services equipment has been transferred to Smit Lamnalco. Equipment used for the SMIT harbor towage activities is managed locally out of the respective locations. The management and maintenance of the Dockwise fleet has been outsourced to an external party, Anglo Eastern of Hong Kong. The four vessels belonging to Fairstar, the company acquired by Dockwise in 2012, are an exception, with these fleet management tasks being handled by the company itself.
Fleet Management also sees to it that decommissioned ships are dismantled in an environmentally friendly way in accordance with the strict Boskalis standards. For more information about this please refer to our CSR report.
In 2013 we once again made targeted investments in our equipment both in response to demand in the market and to lead the way with innovative technology. The following vessels were brought into service in the course of 2013 and in early 2014:
- The dredging fleet was augmented with the 4,500 m³ trailing suction hopper dredger the Causeway.
- The Dockwise Vanguard, the world’s largest semi-submersible heavy marine transport vessel, was commissioned in February 2013.
- The multifunctional offshore vessels, the Ndeavor and the Ndurance, were commissioned in early 2014. The Ndeavor has been equipped with modules for dredging and rock installation activities for the Malampaya project in the Philippines and the Ichthys project in Australia. The Ndurance will be deployed as a cable-laying vessel.
- Two anchor handlers, the Sentosa and the Seraya, were taken into service.
- The Smit Lamnalco fleet was augmented with five ships, including pilot ships, to help the company provide its terminal services. The global fleet consists of around 200 ships.
The following vessels and specialist equipment are currently under construction:
- The megahopper Fairway with a capacity of 35,500 m³ is expected to be taken into service at the end of March 2014.
- The Strandway and the Freeway, two medium-sized hoppers with a capacity of 4,500 m³, will be taken into service in the course of 2014 and in 2015, respectively.
- In 2014 building work will start on a new megacutter with total installed capacity of 23,700 kW and pump capacity of 15,600 kW. This cutter suction dredger, with a length of 152 meters and a width of 28 meters, will be commissioned in the course of 2017.
- The Giant 5 and 6, two oceangoing semi-submersible flat-top barges with a load capacity of 21,000 tonnes, will be taken into service in late 2014 and early 2015, respectively.
- Delivery of the Asian Hercules III, a large sheerleg floating crane with a lift capacity of 5,000 tonnes for our Asian Lift Singapore joint venture, is expected to take place in mid-2014.
- The White Marlin, a new Type 1 semi-submersible transport vessel for Dockwise with an open stern and a transport capacity of 72,000 tonnes. The ship, with a length of 216 meters and a width of 63 meters, will be brought into service in late 2014.
- To facilitate the expansion of the harbour towage activities in Brazil two of the six tugboats ordered in 2012 were delivered in the course of 2013. The other four are now under construction.
- In 2013 SMIT Lamnalco invested in the construction of seven new ships for carrying out its terminal services.
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