The maritime industry is witnessing a groundbreaking moment as Boskalis’ converted crane vessel, the Bokalift 2, embarks on its journey to the United States to participate in the company’s 100th offshore wind farm project. Departing from the Port of Rotterdam, this colossal vessel is primed to play a pivotal role in the ever-expanding offshore wind energy sector.
A Remarkable Transformation
The Bokalift 2’s journey is nothing short of remarkable. Originally a drillship, it has undergone a complex transformation led by a team of Boskalis specialists in Singapore and China. The conversion of the former drillship YAN into a state-of-the-art crane vessel was executed by Drydocks World. Afterward, it made its way to Xiamen, China, where a massive 4,000-ton Huisman crane was installed. Rigorous load tests followed in Singapore, ensuring that the vessel was prepared for the challenges ahead.
A Vessel Beyond Expectations
Captain Gerben Swan, at the helm of the Bokalift 2, is effusive in his praise for the vessel’s performance, particularly during its maiden project in Taiwan. He describes it as “incredibly powerful, precise, and stable,” surpassing even their expectations. The Bokalift 2 boasts impressive specifications, including accommodation for 146 crew members, a vast 7,500 square meters of free deck space, and a colossal 4,000-ton revolving crane capable of lifting structures over 100 meters high.
Venturing to the United States
As the Bokalift 2 sets its course for the United States, its initial task will be installing a monopile with secondary steel and placing a substation manufactured in the U.S. The project marks a significant step in Boskalis’ journey into the American offshore wind energy market. Soon, Boskalis’ heavy transport vessels will follow suit, delivering the monopiles that will serve as the foundations for the towering turbines that will harness the power of the wind.
A Pioneering Contract
This endeavor is not just another offshore wind project; it represents a pioneering contract for Boskalis. At the beginning of 2023, the company secured the contract to construct a substantial offshore wind farm along the United States coastline. The scope of the Boskalis project encompasses the transportation and installation of wind turbine foundations and power cables. To fulfill this ambitious scope, two crane vessels, as well as several transport and cable-laying vessels, will be deployed.
A Century of Offshore Wind Farms
Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of this endeavor is the fact that it marks Boskalis’ 100th offshore wind farm project. Over the past decade, Boskalis has played a pivotal role in the development of offshore wind energy, shaping the industry’s growth and transformation. This milestone not only underscores the company’s expertise but also highlights its enduring commitment to sustainable energy solutions.
As the Bokalift 2 makes its way across the Atlantic, it carries with it the aspirations of a company that has been at the forefront of the offshore wind energy revolution. Its journey to the United States symbolizes not only a monumental achievement for Boskalis but also a significant step forward in the global transition to renewable energy sources. The offshore wind sector continues to evolve, and with vessels like the Bokalift 2 leading the way, the industry’s future looks brighter than ever.
Boskalis’ Bokalift 2’s voyage to the United States for its 100th offshore wind farm project is a testament to the company’s dedication to renewable energy and its commitment to pushing the boundaries of maritime technology. This journey underscores the rapid growth of the offshore wind sector and its vital role in the transition to cleaner and more sustainable energy sources. As the Bokalift 2 sets sail, it carries the hopes of a greener future and a century of expertise in offshore wind farm construction.