In commission of High Wind NV Bakker Sliedrecht took care of the engineering and automation of the electric part of the revolutionary Boom Lock©. Boom Lock© is a system that is mounted on an offshore crane. It is designed to reduce unwanted movement of the crane hook and the payload in such a way that installation time can be drastically reduced.
Boom Lock© can hoist safely in winds up to 15 m/s, compared to 10 m/s using a conventional offshore crane. This results both in considerable cost savings and under the form of reduced cost for installation vessels, installation crews and related costs, as well as increased income due to earlier completion of the wind farms.
The successful collaboration between High Wind, Controllab and Bakker Sliedrecht enabled a quick delivery time on both engineering and automation. Bakker Sliedrecht started the project in September 2014 and the first system was commissioned in January 2015. On top of that the commissioning time of Boom Lock© was reduced from multiple weeks to several days by making use of the Model Based Engineering method.
Johan Heiler, General Manager from High Wind says: “The collaboration between Bakker Sliedrecht, Controllab and High wind regarding the controls of the Boom Lock© system, acts as an example for the future of software development in the offshore industry. By combining the knowledge and skills of the three companies a better and safer system was created efficiently.
This did not only resulted in lower waiting costs during the trial period, but also reduced the risk on damage or time loss by significantly reducing software bugs. We are convinced that this method will become the standard in the coming years, and look forward to working on future projects with Bakker Sliedrecht”.