The introduction of the divisional structure means that Fleet Management will be organized differently. Responsibility for the dredging and offshore fleet has been split and assigned to the respective divisions. In 2015 Fleet Management for Dockwise and Fairmount will be integrated into that of the Offshore Energy division. For the Towage joint ventures the operational management of the fleet is done locally.
Boskalis makes targeted investments in the newbuild and renovation of ships that are important to retaining or expanding our strong market position. The investment program for the fleet is on track and comprised the following developments in 2014:
- The mega hopper Fairway with a capacity of 35,500 m³ was taken into service in the first quarter of 2014.
- June 2014 saw the official naming of the medium-sized hopper Strandway, followed by her sister ship the Freeway in January 2015, each with 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. Technical engineering took place in 2014 and the vessel will join the fleet in the course of 2017.
- At the end of 2014 a contract was signed for the building of a second jumbo backhoe dredger to expand the fleet.
- The mega hopper Queen of the Netherlands was modernized in the summer of 2014, with the replacement of regulators and electrical motors of the sand pumps as well as the winches.
- 2014 saw the environmentally responsible dismantling of the cutter suction dredgers Para, Mercurius and Amstel. Please refer to our CSR report for a detailed account.
- The Giant 5 and 6 were delivered for the offshore fleet in December 2014 and January 2015, respectively. The two oceangoing semi-submersible flat-top barges each have a load capacity of 21,000 tonnes. A third flat-top barge of the same type, the Giant 7, was ordered in September 2014 and is expected to be taken into service in August 2015. At the end of 2015 the Giant 5 will be converted to a crane vessel by fitting it out with a 600-tonne crane as well as with accommodation. The converted Giant 5 will be operational in early 2016.
- The Dockwise fleet was expanded with the White Marlin, a new semi-submersible transport vessel for Dockwise with a transport capacity of 72,000 tonnes. The ship, a sister ship to the Black Marlin, was taken into service in February 2015.
- The Asian Hercules III, a large sheerleg floating crane with a lift capacity of 5,000 tonnes, was also delivered in February 2015 and will be deployed by our Asian Lift Singapore joint venture.
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