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Boskalis' Bokalift 2 returns to Netherlands

4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
By: Chloe Emanuel 20/09/2023 Boskalis

After successfully completing its mission to install XXL monopiles along the east coast of the United States, the impressive crane vessel, Bokalift 2, has made its triumphant return to the Netherlands. This return marks a brief stopover for the vessel as it readies itself for its next crucial task - installing XXL monopiles and offshore substations for the Moray West offshore wind farm located in Scotland.

The journey back home took approximately three months since the Bokalift 2 departed from Rotterdam. This versatile crane vessel, equipped for heavy lifting operations, is a vital asset for offshore wind projects due to its ability to handle massive structures with precision and efficiency.

During its return voyage, the Bokalift 2 sailed through the IJmuiden sea lock, which is recognized as the largest sea lock globally and was inaugurated just last year. It's worth noting that Boskalis, the parent company of the Bokalift 2, played a pivotal role in the construction and development of this colossal sea lock.

The contributions from Boskalis included dredging work carried out by their trailing suction hopper dredgers, specifically the Strandway and the Shoalway, to prepare the seabed for the new lock. Furthermore, Boskalis' Inshore and Nearshore Diving Services team executed essential preparatory work, including the pouring of a staggering 30,000 cubic meters of underwater concrete.

Notably, one of Boskalis' heavy transport vessels was entrusted with the monumental task of transporting three steel lock doors, each weighing a staggering 2,900 tons. These lock doors are integral components of the massive sea lock structure and were handled with the utmost precision by Boskalis' expert teams.

The return of the Bokalift 2 to the Netherlands signifies a brief respite before it embarks on its next challenging mission - contributing to the development of the Moray West offshore wind farm in Scotland. This project is yet another testament to Boskalis' commitment to the offshore wind industry and their proficiency in handling complex and monumental tasks.

As the offshore wind sector continues to expand and evolve, the capabilities of vessels like the Bokalift 2 play a crucial role in the successful execution of ambitious renewable energy projects around the world.

Stay tuned for updates as Boskalis' Bokalift 2 prepares to set sail once again, this time to the Scottish waters.

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