Boskalis To Perform Lifting And Loading Operation Of Cruise Ship ‘Carnival Vista’
Carnival Cruise Line awards a contract to Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) to lift cruise ship Carnival Vista out of the water onto the BOKA Vanguard and transport it to a shipyard facility for a drydocking operation. This will take place in the coming weeks in Freeport, Bahamas, and is the world’s first operation.
In the Carnival Fleet, Carnival Vista is the second largest cruise ship with a capacity of nearly 4,000 passengers and a length of more than 300 meters. Due to technical issues with Carnival Vista’s azipods, the ship’s main propulsion system, the vessel must be repaired in a dry dock which is currently not available in the region.
A unique solution is offered by Boskalis to facilitate this dry dock repair by deploying the world’s largest semi-submersible heavy lift vessel BOKA Vanguard. Carnival Vista will be loaded onto the BOKA Vanguard off the coast of Freeport, Bahamas. Between 12 and 14 July, this loading and lifting operation is planned to take place.
Carnival Vista will be safely transported by The BOKA Vanguard to a nearby shipyard facility where the 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 cruise voyage later this month.