With the implementation of the divisional structure in early 2015 responsibility for the Dredging and Offshore fleet has been assigned to the respective divisions. For the Towage joint ventures operational management of the fleet rests with the joint ventures themselves. Boskalis makes targeted investments to retain or expand its strong market position. The following developments took place in 2015:
The trailing suction hopper dredger Freeway was named and taken into service in January 2015. The vessel has a capacity of 4,500 m³.
The construction of the mega cutter with a total installed capacity of 23,700 kW and a pumping capacity of 15,600 kW is progressing according to plan and the vessel is expected to join the fleet in the course of 2017.
In the first half of 2016 the fleet will be expanded with the Magnor, the world’s biggest backhoe dredger. With a total capacity of 4,100 kW the Magnor’s bucket is capable of lifting around 67,000 kilograms of dredged material.
A new water injection dredger will be taken into service in the first half of 2016. The vessel will be deployed for example on port maintenance work.
The announced acquisition of STRABAG Wasserbau will allow us to strengthen the Dredging fleet with two young, shallow-draft hoppers with a capacity of 7,350 m3, a large, modern backhoe dredger and four self-propelled barges.
During the year under review the Dockwise fleet was expanded with the White Marlin, a semi-submersible heavy transport vessel with a load capacity of 72,000 tons. The ship, a sister ship to the Black Marlin, was taken into service in February 2015.
The Asian Hercules III, a floating sheerleg crane with a lift capacity of 5,000 tons, was also delivered in February 2015 and has joined the fleet of our Asian Lift Singapore joint venture.
The second half of 2015 saw the naming of the oceangoing barge Giant 7. As a sister ship to the Giant 5 and 6, it has a load capacity of 21,000 tons and has been converted into a crane vessel. The Giant 7 provides accommodation for 80 people and will be deployed on the Wikinger offshore wind farm project.
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