Bakker Sliedrecht plays a vital role in extending the life time of Heerema’s Balder

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26 April 2016

Heerema Marine contractors launched a life time extension program for the Balder, one of their deepwater construction vessels.

Bakker Sliedrecht plays a vital role, working on three key projects of this life time extension program that is taking place on the Caland Canal in Holland. The three projects are connected with each other, but all have their own responsible contractor. A challenge for Bakker Sliedrecht’s project management: be the linking pin in three complex projects to realize a working end result.

Electrical hook up J-lay pipe installation

For Huisman, Bakker Sliedrecht is acting as a subcontractor for the electrical hook up of the J-lay installation, which we overhauled and upgraded with Huisman in 2013 and 2014 in Holland. During the Balder’s transit from the Gulf of Mexico to the project location in Holland we already retrofitted all tower related drives and controls on board the vessel. This included renewing the cabling, replacing obsolete parts, overhauling several control panels, and overhauling the fiber optic network.

Electrical hook-up multiple joint pipe handling installation

Together with IHC SAS, Bakker Sliedrecht is working on the electrical hook-up of the pipe handling installation on deck. This installation will handle all pipe sections during the welding process before they are loaded into the J-lay pipe installation.

Life time extension of Balder’s main electrical installations

For Heerema, Bakker Sliedrecht is extending the life time of the Balder’s main electrical installations. We are replacing obsolete components of seven drive systems, renewing multiple power distribution switchboards and carrying out a preventive maintenance program for the Balder’s thruster drive systems. We are also taking care of Lloyd’s 5 year survey of the high voltage distribution, involving the dynamic positioning system.

Tight schedule

Both electrical hook-ups have crucial stages which require a lot of demanding jobs done in little time. For this reason, all parties have drawn up an integrated project and execution planning together in the last years.

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