Boskalis creates new horizon in heavy marine transport – Heavy Lift News
30 Apr 2018

Boskalis creates new horizon in heavy marine transport

Papendrecht, 30 April 2018 

Boskalis is about to set a new record and create another new horizon. The BOKA Vanguard, the world’s largest semi-submersible heavy lift vessel of Boskalis, is currently getting ready to load a 90,000 ton Floating Production, Storage and Offloading platform.

This is equivalent to the weight of approximately 300 Boeing 747s making this the heaviest cargo ever to be transported by a semi-submersible heavy lift vessel. 

Until recently, the BOKA Vanguard was known as the Dockwise Vanguard. The renaming and subsequent rebranding of the vessel marks the start of the process to present the company’s integrated service portfolio for the Offshore Energy sector under a single brand name: Boskalis.

This first important step symbolizes the ambition to bring together the various business units, each with their unique background, offering our clients a truly unparalleled combination of people, vessels and activities able to break new grounds and create new horizons. 

From 30 April to 3 May 2018, Boskalis will be exhibiting at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston.

During OTC, Boskalis will present its unique range of specialist activities for the Offshore Energy industry.

About Boskalis

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. is a leading global services provider operating in the dredging, maritime infrastructure and maritime services sectors. The company provides creative and innovative all-round solutions to infrastructural challenges in the maritime, coastal and delta regions of the world with services including the construction and maintenance of ports and waterways, land reclamation, coastal defense and riverbank protection.

In addition, Boskalis offers a wide variety of marine services and contracting for the oil and gas sector and offshore wind industry as well as salvage solutions (SMIT Salvage). Furthermore, Boskalis has a number of strategic partnerships in harbor towage and terminal services (KOTUG SMIT Towage, Keppel Smit Towage, Saam Smit Towage and Smit Lamnalco).

With a versatile fleet of more than 900 vessels and floating equipment and 11,700 employees, including associated companies, Boskalis operates in 90 countries across six continents.


We would hereby like to inform you that as of 30 April 2018, Dockwise, Fairmount and VBMS will offer their services under the brand name Boskalis. These brands have been a part of Royal Boskalis Westminster for a number of years and this rebranding exercise has no implications for the services we provide and does not affect existing contractual agreements. Until further notice, there will be no changes to the existing legal entities and our commercial register numbers, VAT numbers and bank details will also remain the same. 

Boskalis is set to grow its presence as a specialist marine contractor in decades to come by responding adequately to the needs of the ever-changing offshore industry. By providing our services under the Boskalis brand name, we will offer a truly unique combination of people, vessels and activities, able to break new grounds and create new horizons for our clients.

We kindly invite you to read more about our ambitions in our new brochure Creating New Horizons Offshore. If you have any questions please let us know. We look forward to telling you more about the benefits of doing business with Boskalis.

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