The Netherlands-based Boskalis will deploy a transport vessel as a first of its kind “floating dry dock” facility to complete the repairs to Carnival Vista’s two azipods, the ship’s main propulsion system.
The procedure will see the company lift the Carnival Cruise Line ship out of the water and onto a semi-submersible heavy transport vessel, Boka Vanguard, off the coast of Freeport, Bahamas.
The unit would then be transported to the Grand Bahama shipyard where the repairs will take place whilst the cruise ship is resting on the heavy transport vessel.
This is a world first operation that will take place in the coming weeks in Freeport, Bahamas, according to Boskalis.
“This groundbreaking procedure made possible by Boskalis is a revolutionary way to ensure Carnival Vista’s repairs are completed in a safe, timely and efficient manner, so the ship can resume its popular seven-day schedule from Galveston later this month,” Lars Ljoen, executive vice president of marine operations for Carnival Cruise Line, said.
Boka Vanguard is expected to arrive in Bahamian waters on July 5 to prepare for Carnival Vista’s arrival on July 12. The loading, transport and repairs are expected to take two weeks, allowing Carnival Vista to return to Galveston in time for its July 27 voyage and continue with year-round seven-day Caribbean itineraries.