Global dredging contractor Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) successfully loaded the 322 meter-long cruise ship ‘Carnival Vista’ on its semi-submersible heavy lift vessel BOKA Vanguard and transported it to a shipyard facility in Freeport, Bahamas for dry docking.
The video, issued by Boskalis, depicts the operation on Saturday 13 July, when the BOKA Vanguard loaded and lifted the cruise ship in a few miles off the coast of Freeport.
The loading operation, including the refloat, lasted twelve hours.
The BOKA Vanguard then safely transported Carnival Vista to Grand Bahama Shipyard, where repairs will take place whilst the cruise ship is resting on the BOKA Vanguard.
Upon completion of the repairs, Carnival Vista will be offloaded in time for its next scheduled cruise voyage from Galveston, Texas, on 27 July.
The BOKA Vanguard is the world’s largest semi-submersible ship, with an open and flat stern and bow-less deck measuring 275 meters by 70 meters allowing the vessel to lift and transport cargo’s longer and wider than these deck dimensions, Boskalis explained.