Dockwise Vanguard by the Numbers• Dockwise Vanguard was erected by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan South Korea.
• On 15 September 2011, the steel cutting ceremony took place, a symbolic commencement of the beginning of the build.
• Dockwise Vanguard was constructed by combining 558 sub-modules into 241 blocks. Think Leggo!
• Type: 396 - Semi-Submersible Heavy Lift Cargo Ship, Double Bottom.
• Length: 275 meters (902 feet)
• Beam: 70 meters (230 feet)
• Draft: 11 meters (36 feet)
• 116,173 dead weight tonnes (128,085 short tons)
• Propulsion: The power pack consists of two 6-cylinder in-line Wärtsilä 38 generating sets 4350 kW (5831 hp) output), two 12-cylinder Wärtsilä 38 engines 8700 kW output (11,662 hp) and one 6-cylinder in-line Wärtsilä 20 auxiliary engine 1200 (1,608 hp). Fixed speed electric motors drive controllable pitch propellers (CPP.)
In the bow, 360° tunnel thrusters for maintaining precise positioning.
• Ballast: 223,770 m3 (US 59,113,780 gallons) Water weight 8 pounds per gallon ...
• IMO Number 618783 (similar to the Vehicle Identification Number on a motor vehicle. Stays with the vessel forever, even when re-named.)
• MMSI: 244656000. (All vessels operating on the high seas require a nine digit MMSI number to participate in the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System. There are four types of MMSI numbers, each intended for a certain purpose. The MMSI number is assigned to the vessel, not the radio.)
• OCTOPUS Advisory Suite, a comprehensive motion monitoring, forecasting and decision-support system to select the most direct routing based on weather, sea conditions and cargo sensitivity variables.
• There are two tunnels, providing a safe escape route for the crew in an emergency.
• USD $240 million investment.
The command and control staff, comprised of Captain Oleg Maryasov, who has built his heavy-lift experience with Dockwise as Master of both the Blue Marlin and Black Marlin. He will be joined on the voyage by Sergey Zatsarin , Chief Officer. Bridge staff were sent to a special trainer (remember, this vessel has an off center bridge.),
The Engineering staff compromised of Jevgenijs Cernins (Chief Engineer) previously of the Blue Marlin and Mighty Servant 1 and Vladimirs Raiconoks (Second Engineer) previously of the Mighty Servant 1 and Mighty Servant 3, were sent to learn and train with propulsion systems, at Wärtsilä in Italy.
“Our new vessel has the potential to create a new market of its own. The name ‘Dockwise Vanguard’ refers to the forefront of a movement or, in our case, an innovation in the Heavy Marine Transport Industry." André Goedée, CEO Dockwise.
The centerpiece for Kiewit Offshore Services at Ingleside Texas, is the world's largest Heavy Lifting Device (HLD.) The 550-foot tall HLD is located on the La Quinta shipping channel and can be seen on the horizon from anywhere on the shore of Corpus Christi Bay.
This animation clearly demonstrates the advantages of this radical vessel design.
In December 2015, I was given the rare — extremely rare — opportunity to see the Dockwise Vanguard up close. Click link.