Location: Damen Shipyards, Netherlands
Challenge: How to build another roof on top of an existing one and install cranes inside this new infrastructure?
Solution: Build a steel layer with new cranes in order to remove the old roof.
Cooperation is invaluable to the successful completion of any project. Without coordination and flexibility, working as a team can become quite a challenge.
A new roof needed to be constructed on top of an existing building at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, in the western Netherlands, and cranes had to be installed within it. While Gorinchem still functions as a yard, it acts as the headquarters of the Damen Shipyards Group so it was essential that business carried on as usual during the construction phase.
“This was not a difficult project in the sense of the type of crane we used – a pretty standard under-running crane with a lifting capacity of 7.5 tons and an eight-meter span,” says Paul van der Sande, Specialist Industrial Cranes at Konecranes. “It was more that we started a few years ago with discussing how to place new cranes in the old building.”
An unusual decision
From the initial meeting between Damen Shipyards and Konecranes in 2011 to discuss the budget plan, the scheme evolved one step at a time. It eventually grew to include the decision to build a steel layer with new cranes from which to remove the old roof with the old cranes.
Service platforms were then attached to these new cranes, providing a safe structure for Damen Shipyards’ technicians to conduct maintenance checks. Van der Sande adds that Konecranes engineered these raised level surfaces to suit their customer’s needs. “The end result is a combination of the best options,” he shares.
Learning from the process
- The key to success in the preliminary stage was the discussion with every involved party. Talking about the details eliminated all possible bottlenecks before starting with the project.
- Safety, hand in hand with business continuity, was the client’s foremost concern. That the project was completed ahead of schedule and well within budget was a bonus.
- Konecranes’ conductor bar system for crane power supply also played a vital role throughout the installation.