World's Largest Dry Transport Vessel Delivered

Heavy transport shipping company Dockwise Shipping B.V. took delivery of the M/V Blue Marlin after her conversion into the world's largest semisubmersible heavy transport vessel able to carry heavy cargoes up to 73.000 tons. After a conversion of three months at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Blue Marlin has re-joined the Dockwise fleet with an increased deadweight capacity of 76,061 tons. The beam has been increased by 21 m, which results in an increased unobstructed deck area of 11.227 sq. m (63 m wide x 178.2 m long). The propulsion system of the vessel has been upgraded and extended with two Azimuth retractable propulsors.

each 4.5 MW. to provide optimum manoeuvrability and seagoing characteristics while carrying ultra large cargoes.

With this conversion Dockwise responds to the continuing scale development in especially floating production units for the offshore oil and gas industry.

The jumboized Blue Marlin will create the next phase in the transportation of fully integrated, heavier and ultra large floating production and drilling platforms up to 73,000 tons.

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