Huge, savage ship tows cruise ships in times of unrest


A gigantic ship helps transport cruise ships when they get stuck.

The 275-meter-long Boka Vanguard, built in 2012, is the largest ship and typically helps transport large oil and gas structures, but is sometimes used to aid a cruise ship.

During the pandemic, the ship helped transport the Carnival Vista after a malfunction in the middle of the Caribbean.

The cruise ship’s propulsion system failed, which is why he needed help. The only nearby dry dock was also not available to the ship.

“We were called in at short notice, but we were able to get the ship out quickly. It took our ship a few weeks to reach the Caribbean from Europe and another week to make all the necessary arrangements ”, Michel Seij, General Manager of Global Engineering at Boskalis, the Dutch company that owns Boka Vanguard, told CNN Travel.

“What followed was a very smooth operation and the cruise ship was transported safely to Freeport, Bahamas. During this operation, part of the crew of the cruise ship remained on board.

The transport vessel can be semi-submerged in water with only the top vertical structures above the water. Entire ships can slide off the deck of the boat if properly secured.

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