BOKA Vanguard lifts Carnival Vista

Taking 12 hours, Boskalis semi-submersible heavy lift ship BOKA Vanguard has successfully floated cruise ship Carnival Vista (IMO 9692569) aboard in order to facilitate repairs at a shipyard in the Bahamas.

The BOKA Vanguard is the largest vessel of her type. Carnival Vista had been experiencing technical difficulties with her azipods, and needed to be drydocked in order to carry out the repairs.

After the loss of Grand Bahama Shipyard’s largest floating drydock in April, the nearest conventional solution for drydocking a vessel of Vista’s size would have been overseas, hence the plan to use BOKA Vanguard as a temporary drydock while repairs are carried out. Carnival Vista will only be out of service for 17 days and three sailings. The cruise ship is expected to resume her normal schedule later in the month.

Carnival Vista cancelled its July sailings in order to fix a propulsion problem in its thruster. The ship had been able to operate only at reduced speeds and its last two itineraries had to be revised because one of its two azipod thrusters was not operating normally.

“The Carnival Vista has been experiencing an issue affecting its maximum cruising speed,” the company said, adding that “unfortunately, we will be unable to operate the above voyages, as it is necessary to remove the ship from service to complete the required repairs.” Carnival will automatically process a full refund of cruise fares, including pre-purchased Carnival shore excursions and any FunShop purchases. It is extending a 100% future cruise credit.

2016-built, Panama-flagged, 133,596 gt Carnival Vista is owned and managed by Carnival Cruise Line of Doral, Florida, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Americas Syndicate) on behalf of Carnival Corp. It is entered with UK Club (Area Group Americas G7) on behalf of Carnival Corp.