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SUCCESS! Watch drone footage of the Carnival Vista’s record-setting dry docking

PortandTerminal.com, July 14, 2019

Carnival Cruise Line has just released drone footage showing the Carnival Vista being loaded onto the massive Boka Vanguard transport vessel yesterday. The repair of the Carnival cruise ship’s mechanical issue is now underway just off of the coast of Freeport, Bahamas.

FREEPORT, BAHAMAS – Carnival Cruise Line has just released drone footage which shows the Carnival Vista being loaded onto the large Boka Vanguard transport vessel yesterday. The repair of the cruise ship’s mechanical problem is now underway just off the coast of Freeport, Bahamas.

The massive Carnival cruise ship arrived at Freeport in preparation for the first of its kind floating dry dock. The 135,000-ton cruise ship was successfully transferred onto the semi-submersible heavy transport vessel, Boka Vanguard which is operated by Netherlands-based Boskalis.

How big is the Carnival Vista?

The largest aircraft carriers in the world are America’s Nimitz Class carriers. The Carnival Vista is about as long as a Nimitz Class carrier but is a whopping 33% heavier. Lifting it out of the water and moving it on top of another vessel is a stunning feat of engineering.

The Carnival Vista is about as long a Nimitz Class aircraft carrier and 33% heavier

The BOKA Vanguard

The BOKA Vanguard, heavy transport vessel

The BOKA Vanguard is the world’s largest semi-submersible ship uniquely positioned to lift and transport extremely heavy cargoes in a dry and safe manner.

The vessel has an impressive track record transporting large offshore oil and gas structures, but can also carry other vessels and act as a floating offshore dry dock facility. The BOKA Vanguard is unique in that is has an open and flat stern and bow-less deck measuring 275 meters by 70 meters allowing the vessel to lift and transport cargo’s longer and wider than these deck dimensions.

By filling its ballast tanks, the ship deck is submerged in a controlled manner, allowing it to lift deep draught cargoes. This creates an alternative for dry-docking allowing inspections and repairs to be safely and efficiently conducted at a location where traditional dry dock alternatives are not available.

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