Revision DCV Balder The Netherlands

Project facts

Description Revision DCV Balder
Client Keppel Verolme
Challenge Short lead time for large complex scaffolding.

In October 2012 the giant crane vessel DCV Balder docked in the yard Keppel Verolme. The vessel owner Heerema Marine Contractors planned a major overhaul. Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services was chosen to provide the access services.

The maintenance and paintwork on the Balder was performed in Keppel Verolme’s large dry dock (405m x 90m). First prepared in the Caland Canal to Headland. There, they removed several parts of the ship and all cables from the two cranes.

Major maintenance
Built in 1978, the crane vessel has a length of no less than 154m and a height of 101m. The body consists of two floats with three columns each.

Brand surrounded the columns completely in scaffolding and wrapped them with shrink film. The same happened with the booms and several tanks.

For the Brand team there were three main challenges: the short lead time, the complexity of the scaffolding and ensuring safety.

The fact that the various disciplines had to work above the other, required additional security. Keppel Verolme and Brand can look back on a successful project implemented on time and  safely.

Second visit
This is the second visit of the Balder at Keppel Verolme. In 2001, the Balder was converted to a DCV (Deep Water Construction Vessel). Brand were also the provider of access services at the

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