Bakker Sliedrecht and RH Marine will be cooperating as to upgrade the ice class vessel BigRoll Bering from Roll Group. The vessel will be upgraded with a Dynamic Positioning 2 system (DP2).
The upgrade allows the module carrier to better maintain its position during loading and uploading. Moreover, it also increases deployability of the vessel for more complex transports.
The BigRoll Bering is specially designed to transport heavy and oversized objects for onshore and offshore projects. Due to the high ice classed certification, the vessel can be deployed in the most remote and inaccessible areas on the planet.
Bakker Sliedrecht has been asked to upgrade the vessel with a DP2 system. RH Marine supplies the in-house developed DP2 system, including the computers, screens, control panels, joysticks and the DP software. In addition, the wind sensors, motion sensors and Differential Global Positioning Systems are also part of the delivery.
On the other hand, Bakker Sliedrecht supplies the switch boxes, cables for communication and power supplies, installs and commissions the system. Every component is duplicated according to classification, so that in the event of a single error in the system the ship can remain its position.
Bakker Sliedrecht’s system architect Gerrit van Pelt and RH Marine’s sales manager products & solutions Peter Copier said:
“The DP-system improves the comfort of the vessel’s control. The captain or helmsman can stop the ship at the push of a button. Because the DP system is DP2-class certified, it can also be used for complex jobs such as transporting foundations for wind turbines at sea, for which this classification is required,”
The collaboration between the two companies – with Bakker Sliedrecht acting as main contractor – provides several benefits.
“The lines of communication are shorter. For a client like the Roll Group it is easier to have one primary contact and to be approached by one party. In this project Bakker Sliedrecht and RH Marine are each contributing with their own expertise and complement each other,” says Van Pelt.
“Normally we have a lead time of 24 weeks for the installation of a new DP2 system, but by scaling up, our flexibility and working closely with Bakker Sliedrecht, we can complete it in thirteen weeks,” says Copiër.
During the construction of the BigRoll Bering and its three sister vessels BigRoll Beaufort, Bakker Sliedrecht participated as a system integrator.
Working as the system integrator, Bakker Sliedrecht supplied, assembled and commissioned the electrical systems on-board. The company also participated in the design of the innovative propulsion system for the Module Carrier vessels. The thrusters are installed in the way that they can operate independently. The design prevents all systems from failing simultaneously. There is also a torque option, which ensures lower fuel consumption and thereby reduces operating costs.
Credit: Roll Group