Barge Master 3D Motion Compensated Crane for Wagenborg
Wagenborg awarded Barge Master a contract for a second 3D motion compensated crane for its new walk-to-work vessel Kasteelborg. The first motion compensated crane on the Kroonborg has increased the workability from approximately 180 to 330 days per year. “The crane works quite happily in three meter seas,” said Haije Stigter, former program manager at ONEgas/Shell, notes - adding that it “works like a dream.”
The Barge Master Crane, as configured for the Kroonborg, makes it possible to continue safe and stable crane operations even in the North Sea’s famously rough conditions. It is able to lift 32m above sea level at a reach of up to 20m or 15 tonnes at a reach of 10m. Gert Vanderheyden, former project manager at Shell: “It’s really an amazing piece of equipment."
The BM-T40 motion compensated crane will be mounted on the Kasteelborg by Royal Niestern Sander. Earlier this year, this shipyard already converted the Kasteelborg from a PSV into a Walk-to-Work Emergency Response & Rescue Vessel for Wagenborg.
The new walk-to-work vessel will support offshore operations for the combined NAM and Shell UK business unit at the gas production facilities in the Southern North Sea. It will operate as a stand-by and support vessel for inspection and aintenance of the unmanned platforms in both Dutch and British waters.
For the fabrication of the new crane Barge Master is teaming up with Bosch Rexroth, having previously worked together successfully on the first crane as well as Barge Master’s 3D compensated platforms and gangways.