A world of opportunity
“Our new vessel has the potential to create a new market of its own. The name ‘Dockwise Vanguard’ refers to the forefront of a movement or, in our case, an innovation in the Heavy Marine Transport Industry. ‘Dockwise Vanguard’ also indirectly refers to our new vessel’s revolutionary bowless design, which will allow entire, intact super structures to be transported as the total length of the vessel’s deck can be used. We look forward to having our Dockwise Vanguard at the helm of a new market.” André Goedée, CEO Dockwise.
The decision to invest in this unique new vessel once again underlines Dockwise’s view towards the future and the position of the organization at the premium end of the heavy marine transport industry. Dockwise has determined that there is a growing desire to develop larger structures for the deepwater development of hydrocarbons and is convinced this investment to be key.
As the most innovative semi-submersible heavy-lift vessel ever built, the Dockwise Vanguard is redefining the limits of exceptional heavy marine transport. The game changing vessel has been specifically built to enable oil and gas majors and EPIC contractors consider design and transport opportunities for mega offshore units, which were until now considered unthinkable.
Dockwise Vanguard Christening Ceremony
Changing the Game Seminar
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) is well underway with the commissioning of the Dockwise Vanguard. The current work includes commissioning and testing of all components and systems, testing of software and outfitting of the vessel ready for sea trails. HHI top management is ensuring that the commissioning work is progressing well and planning is being achieved.
Dredging at Kiewit Offshore Services
To accommodate the delivery of the first cargo at Kiewit Offshore Services (KOS), part of the channel is being dredged to accept the Dockwise Vanguard at Ingleside, Texas. After the operations are complete, the deep hole at KOS territory will be 30 meters below the water line. This depth is equivalent to a 10 story building.
Christening Ceremony & Seminar
On November 30th, the christening ceremony will take place at Ulsan, South Korea. Guests from all corners of the oil and gas industry will participate. The day prior, Dockwise will host the ‘Changing the Game’ seminar dedicated to – Exploring a new era of possibilities for marine transport, installation and maintenance of Floating Production Structures.
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The Dockwise Vanguard was successfully launched on October 7th. Following the launch, the vessel remained in the dock while it underwent commissioning work. Afterwards it was towed out on October 17th and subsequently was moored to the quayside. Throughout November, the vessel will continue commissioning work in preparation for sea trials, which will commence at the start of December.
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Preparing for Commissioning
The Yard and Site team are continuing this month with the installation and commissioning of the final large items of the Dockwise Vanguard. This includes fitting the last parts of the propulsion systems and thrusters. The work will culminate in the flooding of the dry dock at the start of October.