Boskalis welcomes cable-laying vessel BOKA Ocean to its fleet

Boskalis has commissioned its new cable-laying vessel BOKA Ocean. After sea trials in the North Sea following a big conversion, she is ready to start on her maiden project in the German part of the North Sea.

The pipe-laying vessel arrived in Rotterdam in August 2023 where it was converted into a broadly deployable cable-laying vessel. The 136.6-meter-long vessel has been equipped with a 4,000-ton turntable and can accommodate 118 persons.

After the conversion, the BOKA Ocean has been reunited in the Boskalis fleet with her two sister vessels BOKA Northern Ocean and BOKA Southern Ocean. Although they are similar in appearance, each vessel has its own specialty.

The BOKA Southern Ocean and BOKA Northern Ocean are high-end construction support vessels, busy with IRM and decommissioning work in the North Sea and various offshore wind farm construction activities in Southeast Asia.

The BOKA Ocean will soon install her first subsea cable for an offshore wind farm in Europe. In 2021, Boskalis was awarded an inter-array cable installation contract by Ørsted for the German Borkum Riffgrund 3 and Gode Wind 3 offshore wind farms. The contract includes the transport, installation and burial of a combined total of 106 inter-array cables. Boskalis then said it would use the BOKA Ocean. Image: Herman IJsseling (Flying Focus)

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