Boskalis' Heavy Transport Vessels Accept the Monopile Transport Challenge – Heavy Lift News
4 Jun 2024

Boskalis’ Heavy Transport Vessels Accept the Monopile Transport Challenge

The number of monopile foundations required for the ever-growing number of offshore wind farms is a challenge for the available transport vessels. However, the flat deck transport vessels in the Boskalis fleet are meeting this challenge head on.



In 2004, three years after taking over the semi-submersible heavy transport vessels Blue Marlin and Black Marlin, Boskalis had the Blue Marlin rebuilt and widened to 63m, making it the biggest semi-submersible heavy lift ship in the world at that time, capable of lifting structures of 73,000 tons, ideal for transporting giant semi-submersible oil rigs.



Today the focus has changed from oil and gas to renewable wind energy and this vessel is now sailing with a record 20 giant monopile foundations from Southeast Asia to La Rochelle for the Eoliennes en Mer Iles d’Yeu et de Noirmoutier offshore wind farm in France. After unloading in La Rochelle the vessel will return to load another 20 monopiles for France.

Her sister vessel Black Marlin is also taking up the challenge, but without the extensive alterations loading only 11 giant monopiles on her second voyage for the French wind farm.


Photographs by Herman IJsseling (Flying Focus) for Boskalis



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