Revision Thialf The Netherlands
|Challenge||Implementation in very short time of large complex scaffolding.|
Marked by the salty seawater, the 27 year old Thialf (the largest crane ship in the world) was due an extensive refurbishment. Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services started working on the project to create a safe working environment.
It’s still early as tugs maneuver the huge floating crane to the right place, but standing on the yard of Keppel Verolme are several people waiting as it is not a standard activity happening.
For the first time since its construction in 1985 the Thialf, with a length of 220m and a width of over 88m, is to be completely dry as the ship needs a new coating. From the green signal given, it is Brand’s time to create suitable and safe access - stairwells, walkways and railings on risky sites provide optimal results.
For the blasting and painting, Brand completely shrink-wrapped scaffolding around the ship. The scaffolding erected on a length of 156m, a width of 30m and a height of 16m. On the project, safety comes first. In order to guarantee this, some scaffolds require an inventive mind of the scaffold builders - which is where Brand added significant value.
This huge task was accomplished in a tight schedule, in a very short time and still provided high quality.
Meanwhile, the Thialf drives back into the water. Prefabricated scaffolds can be hoisted ashore and parts are sorted for the next project. Brand looks back on a successful project. And the Thialf? Can function again for years ahead.
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