In the offshore industry, safety is paramount. On construction vessel Aegir, which belongs to the fleet of Heerema Marine Contractors, a safe working environment for the crew must be guaranteed at all times. The applied Bolideck® system meets all requirements in the area of security and helps to prevent unsafe situations.
Not only in terms of size (210 meters long, 46 meters wide), but also when it comes to performance, the construction vessel is impressive. The Aegir has offshore techniques of the highest quality and the construction is suited for industrial applications at sea, such as the extraction of oil or gas. Thus, the Aegir –a Deepwater Construction Vessel - is suitable for laying pipes on a (very) deep seabed.
The fact that Aegir is a unique vessel was emphasized by winning the KVNR Shipping Award in 2013. A custom-made crane allows the vessel to lay pipes in two ways deep water. Also, heavy lifting and construction work can be carried out by the Aegir: the ship can lift a weight of 4,000 tons and lower up to a depth of 3,500 meters under water. During the presentation of the prestigious award Tineke Netelenbos, chairman of the Royal Association of Dutch Ship owners (KVNR) and jury president of the KVNR Shipping Award, called the Aegir “exceptionally innovative, with great attention to the environment.”
Heerema is an innovator in the offshore industry. The Heerema Group - founded in 1948 by Pieter Schelte Heerema - specializes in the design and construction of offshore facilities with Aegir being its showcase. A construction vessel like the Aegir must meet several specific requirements in the field of offshore technology: complex infrastructures and pipelines are often built in very deep water but on the other hand the vessel needs sufficient lifting capacity to install fixed platforms in relatively shallow water.
In addition to the technical capacities, safety is of course of paramount importance. The Bolideck® system installed replaced the existing tiles, which had become detached as a result of ingress of water. The seamless Bolideck is waterproof, shockproof, impact resistant and meets all safety requirements. This deck has replaced the previously existing tiles, which had become detached as a result of ingress of water. Bolideck® is waterproof, shock proof and impact resistant. Also, the floor system is easy to clean and slip resistant. The latter ensures a safe working environment for the Aegir crew.
In the past Heerema and Bolidt successfully worked together on the deep-water construction vessels Thialf and Balder. This newly applied Bolideck system shows Heerema’s ongoing confidence in Bolidt.
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