Crane upgrade for Sea Installer

04 May 2016
Sea Installer is currently at Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam for crane upgrade

Sea Installer is currently at Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam for crane upgrade

Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm) has announced that it is currently undertaking a major modification and maintenance project on the jack-up vessel Sea Installer.

Its primary focus will be to upgrade the 132m A2SEA-owned vessel’s main crane to increase lifting capacity.

The Sea Installer arrived at DSAm on 10 April and took its position alongside lay-by berth number one. The project is facilitated by the prefabrication of key components at nearby Niron Staal Amsterdam, also part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion.

“We need to remove a total of 569 tonnes from the vessel and lift a further 702 tonnes back on board again,” explained Daniel Gerner, Damen project manager.

DSAm has created a temporary lifting and storage area alongside the vessel’s berth to accomplish the notable lifting procedures safely and effectively.

The yard will use an LR1600-2 Mammoet crane to perform the lifts and the preparations also included calculating the numerous lifting plans.

With the vessel’s Boom, Boom rest, A-frame, winch and hook block pockets already removed from the vessel, operations are in full swing.

Mr Gerner continued: “We have divers currently in the water to inspect the spud cans – and we are also replacing one of the jacking cylinders.”

“We are looking at finishing this considerable project within a 2-month timeframe. The strong winds that we had here during the first couple of weeks have set us back a bit, but we are still on course for timely completion. If necessary, we can ramp up our work schedule by moving to 24/7 operations.”

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