September 7 - Dockwise, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster, has been awarded a number of marine transport contracts, with a combined contract value of approximately USD50 million.

Dockwise was awarded a contract by Husky Oil Operations for the transportation of the West White Rose topside from Texas, USA to Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The contract includes the engineering, preparation and execution of the loading, transport and discharge operation of the topside.

According to Boskalis, the topside will be skidded onto a large barge, which in turn will be floated onto the semi-submersible heavy transport vessel Dockwise Vanguard that will transport the cargo to Newfoundland and Labrador. The transport is expected to take place in 2021.

Meanwhile, Lamprell Energy has contracted Dockwise for the transportation of 36 jackets from the construction yard in Jebel Ali, UAE to Vlissingen, the Netherlands. The jackets will serve as foundations for the East Anglia offshore wind farm development. Two semi-submersible heavy transport vessels will be deployed for this contract.

Contributing to the USD50 million total is a contract awarded by Heerema Marine Contractors for the transportation of the semi-submersible crane vessel Hermod. The Hermod will be loaded onto the Dockwise Vanguard in the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands and will be transported to Zhoushan, China.

Once discharged, the Hermod will be dismantled and recycled at the Zhoushan Changhong International Ship Recycling yard. Boskalis says the loading will take place in the coming days and the vessel is expected to depart shortly thereafter.

In addition, Dockwise in partnership with Patriot Shipping received a contract from the US Navy's Military Sealift Command for the transportation of the destroyer USS Fitzgerald. The USS Fitzgerald will be loaded onto the semi-submersible heavy transport vessel Transshelf off the coast of Yokosuka, Japan and will be transported to the US port of Pascagoula in the Gulf of Mexico.

As HLPFI reported here, the US Navy confirmed that it will use a heavy lift semi-submersible ship to transport the damaged destroyer following a collision with a container ship in June, 2017.

The transport will take place in the fourth quarter of 2017.