The Netherlands: Dockwise Wins KVNR Shipping Award

The Netherlands - Dockwise Wins KVNR Shipping Award

Dockwise has won The Royal Association of Dutch Shipowners’ KVNR Shipping Award for its bowless heavy-cargo ship Dockwise Vanguard.

Heavy transport expert Dockwise in cooperation with consulting and engineering company Deltamarin have designed a unique semi-submersible vessel without conventional bow and with the accommodation in its entirety on the starboard side. The deck space of the vessel equals the main dimensions of the ship.

The Royal Association of Dutch Shipowners (KVNR) introduced the KVNR Shipping Award in 2008. Through this award, the KVNR wants to show that the maritime industry is a great industry, in which innovations occur, but also that the environment and corporate responsibility (including items such as the wellbeing of the crew) are high on the agenda. The price aims to heighten awareness of these issues and encourage shipping companies to utilize the knowledge of the shipping sector.

Dockwise had realized that offshore exploration and production platforms and FPSO’s (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading) were increasing in size. At the same time they could see an increasing demand for such structures to be transported in their entirety, due to the relocation of the oil industry towards deeper water and more remote areas. Mr. Michel Seij, Manager Engineering at Dockwise says: “To support this process, we investigated whether our ships were able to transport such cargoes. Our conclusion was that they had insufficient capacity and inadequate deck-area. The bow and the accommodations are usually in the way. The bowless design of the Dockwise Vanguard is the logical consequence of this.”

Dockwise brought their commercial analysis and knowledge of the market to Deltamarin and as a joint effort the novel concept was created. One of the main problems for the design was the current regulations. The regulations e.g. require bow and a certain freeboard. Deltamarin and Dockwise worked in collaboration with MARIN, Det Norske Veritas and the Dutch Inspectorate for Transport, Public Works and Water Management to get the required exemptions to the rules. Another area that needed special attention during the design process, was the distribution of safety zones. Normally both port- and starboard-rescue stations are required. Because of the longitudinally placed accommodation, this was adapted to front and aft zones in the accommodation, which can be seen in the position of the davit-launched lifeboats.

The Dockwise Vanguard will be 275 meters long and 70 meters wide. Over a length of 170 meters the ship provides space for sideways overhang of cargoes. Both the deck and the keel are double, with steel thicknesses of 45 mm, allowing the vessel to carry extreme loads till 110,000 tons. Deltamarin and Dockwise worked on the concept during 2011. The ship is being built in Korea and is expected to enter service in the fourth quarter of 2012. Construction costs amount to 240 million dollars.

Mr. Tineke Netelenbos, chairman of the KNVR Shipping Award said about the vessel: “Dockwise has thus a true technological innovation. The first and only. No other vessel is designed like this.”

Deltamarin said it was proud to have participated in the process and congratulated Dockwise on their road to innovations.

World Maritime News Staff, December 8, 2011; Image: Dockwise

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>


<< Oct 2016 >>
26 27 28 29 30 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 1 2 3 4 5 6

Danish Maritime Technology Conference 2016

A part of Danish Maritime Days 

For the first half of 2016, the key buzzword of the maritime industry have been ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution’. The global maritime industry stands in the midst of a market with changing dynamics, where emerging technologies give endless possibilities with an unprecedented processing power.

The emerging technologies have opened up for new products and services that increase efficiency through the entire maritime value chain. The Danish Maritime Technology Conference looks at the key drivers emerging in and from the Fourth Industrial Revolution – the technologies, the products and the services that leads this market change.

The new waves of accelerating technological development require new forms of conducting agile business, given the speed at which innovation and disruption takes place. Members of Danish Maritime are global market leaders within the maritime industry, and together with specialists they will discuss their core challenges and present their solutions to a game changing market.

More info

read more >

Danish Maritime Days 2016

At this year’s Danish Maritime Days, four themes will highlight some of the most important challenges and opportunities which the global…

read more >

Maritime Standard Tanker Conference

The event will highlight the main regional trends in crude, chemical and product tanker operations, giving attendees a unique insight into…

read more >


SHIPTEC CHINA builds up itself into a more outstanding, influential and well-reputed maritime event in northern China…

read more >