July 19, 2018
The arrival of the P-67 Platform ship in Rio de Janeiro, where it is anchored in the Bay of Guanabara for the last adjustments before heading to the Norte Lula Field, also is considered an unprecedented operation. It was the largest transport operation of a platform ever made in the world, where the vessel Boka Vanguard was used. The vessel left China and took 45 days to bring Petrobras’ P-67 oil production platform to operate in the Santos Basin pre-salt fields. Boka Vanguard is a “Heavy Transport Vessel” (HTV) ship and is 275 meters long and has a capacity of up to 117,000 tons. In order to have an idea of the size, the ship has the capacity to transport the equivalent weight to about 300 intercontinental airplanes.
The two ships have Bureau Veritas (World Technical Test) Technical Certification, a world leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC). Sérgio Mello, Development Director of the Bureau Veritas Group’s Maritima & Offshore division in Brazil said that “The rating attests to the compliance of ships with the most advanced technical criteria, with positive impacts on the safety of operations, people and the environment. Bureau Veritas has on its record more than 11,000 ships totaling about 117 million gross tonnage and is a founding member of IACS, the body that oversees international technical standards and standards in the maritime area. ”
Bureau Veritas verifies and attests the soundness and safety of ships, which thus operate according to best practices and with less risk to the environment, through its Maritime and Offshore division. The two vessels involved in this dry-tow operation are classified by Bureau Veritas, which in addition to issuing the Class certificates is also responsible for issuing the required certificates by the Maritime Authorities, such as the Pollution Prevention Certificate, MODU Code and Free-Edge Certificate (cargo lines).