First heavy lift to new DNV class

17 Nov 2011
The 275m 'Dockwise Vanguard', seen empty

The 275m 'Dockwise Vanguard', seen empty

DNV reports that it is to class a new heavy lift ship, described as the “world’s largest”. The new Dockwise vessel, ‘Dockwise Vanguard’, will be able to lift and transport units of up to 110,000 tonnes.

The largest existing vessel is 75,000 tonnes capacity. With a width of nearly 80m and length of 275m, Dockwise Vanguard is the first semisubmersible heavy lift vessel to be built in accordance with DNV’s new class rules for this type of ship. The ship has no forecastle, which allows it to carry cargo of ”unlimited” length. Its deckhouse is mainly positioned outside its hull, allowing it to carry 70m wide cargo.

The ship has been ordered from Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea, with delivery scheduled for October 2012, when its first cargo will be ready to be transported from South-East Asia to Brazil.

“As DNV is perceived to be the leading class society when it comes to heavy lift vessels, and as Dockwise is a front runner within this ship segment, the two organisations have co-operated to ensure this new innovative vessel meets all the safety standards,” says DNV regional manager Central Europe Torgeir Sterri. “Not only were DNV’s existing rules essential for scaling up this unique semisubmersible heavy lift vessel concept, but DNV’s risk assessment capabilities were also key to meeting all the SOLAS requirements for this unconventional design.”

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