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Fleet investments

Boskalis makes targeted investments to maintain or expand our strong market position. Over the past few years we have invested in the fleet across the breadth of the group. Furthermore, we have expanded our fleet for offshore transport and installation through the acquisition and integration of SMIT, Dockwise, Fairmount and VBMS. We also design and convert our own vessels. These new vessels incorporate innovative technologies and meet the most stringent demands with respect to efficiency and energy consumption. We will continue to selectively invest in our fleet in line with our strategy.

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Today and in the future

• Boskalis has signed a contract in October 2023 with Dutch shipbuilding company Royal IHC to build a large state-of-the-art trailing suction hopper dredger. The award of the contract follows an extensive design phase. The vessel will have a hopper capacity of 31,000 cubic meters and will be built at the IHC yard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, the Netherlands, over the next few years.

• In 2023 the conversion of the Bokalift 2 was finalized. This DP2 crane vessel has a revolving crane with a lifting capacity of 4,000 tons capable of lifting structures more than 100 meters high. The vessel has 7,500 m2 of free deck space and can accommodate 150 persons.

• In 2020 the sister vessel of the self-propelled megacutter Helios was taken into service: the krios measures 152 by 28 meters and will be able to dredge in extremely hard ground at a depth of 6 to 35 meters. With a total installed power of 23,700 kW, a total pumping power of 15,600 kW and a maximum cutter power of 7,000 kW, the Krios will be one of the most powerful cutter dredgers in the dredging industry.

• In 2018 Boskalis took the Bokalift 1 into service: a conversion of semi-submersible heavy transport vessel Finesse into a transportation & installation vessel, including a self-propelled 3,000 mt crane. It can execute transportation as well as installation or decommissioning services. Due to its DP-2 capabilities there is no loss time for anchor spread deployment. The vessel can accommodate 150 persons and has a helicopter deck for offshore transfers.

• Self-propelled megacutter Helios - Boskalis has designed and built a new self-propelled mega cutter suction dredger, with a total installed power of 23,700 kW and a pump ashore capacity of 15,600 kW. Delivered in July 2017.

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Boskalis has an extensive and versatile fleet of around 600 vessels which can be deployed in the optimal configuration for each project.


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