Combifloat is a proud member of the International Jack up Barge Operators Association (IJUBOA) since its inception in 2008.

Our team is keen to promote the objectives of the association and in turn bring owners and users of our equipment in contact with IJUBOA.

The associations mission is to:

“to set, sustain and promote standards for the safe and effective operation of self-elevating platforms throughout the world”

IJUBOA has three strategic goals:

  1. To promote a safe industry – safe for its people, for the environment and for society at large
  2. To promote a learning industry – with the skilled and professional workforce essential for the safe and efficient operation of jack up barges
  3. To promote a reputable industry – responsive to the needs of its customers and committed to continuous improvement.

Best practices

Recently IJUBOA shared her first best practice guide “IJUBOA Best Practice Guidance Note for Jack-up Barges 001 – Access and Egress”.

Link to download the document


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Safe assembly of a Combifloat platform

Assembly of a Combifloat self elevating platform is simple and time saving, but it is not exempt from a few risks and hazards.

To prevent any unsafe and dangerous situation, it is advised to always assemble (and dis-assemble) a modular jack up with the assistance and surveillance of a trained Combifloat Assembly Supervisor.

Let’s see what the main risks are connected to the assembly and how everyone involved can prevent them from happening.



  • General injuries;


  • Always use the correct PPE.
  • Warn people around you about ongoing works and risks.
  • Keep first aid kit readily available.
  • Be aware on master points and emergency procedures

Lifting of Combifloat equipment


  • Fall down from equipment;
  • Collision with crane hook;
  • Failure of rigging;
  • Dropping objects;


  • Always discuss lifting operations in advance.
  • Set up a communication system with the crane driver (hand signals / radio).
  • Use ladders, man baskets and/or cherry pickers to connect the crane to the equipment.
  • Use fall arresters and/or safety harness as appropriate.
  • Inspect rigging and lifted object before lifting. Remove any loose material.
  • Use tag lines during lifting.
  • Never be in the line of fire.

Assembly of Spudwells and Spuds


  • Entrapment of limbs during connection;
  • Be hit by heavy tools;
  • Slips, Trips and Falls;


  • Always wear a life vest.
  • Preferably, keep an emergency boat in standby.
  • Discuss operations and use of tools in advance.
  • Inspect tools before use.
  • Keep distance from hammering open locks.
  • Use mooring lines and fenders to control the assembly.
  • Good housekeeping of deck and yard.
  • Use of gangway to access from/to shore.
  • Secure tools if working at height.

 Hydraulic installation and powering up the system


  • High pressure oil;


  • Remove pressure from the system before disconnecting hoses.
  • Execute functional tests before elevating the platform.

 The above listed risks, are the main risks connected with the assembly of a Combifloat Self Elevating Platform. In project specific environment, further hazard(s) can raise!

In case of doubts and concerns, do not hesitate to ask to the Combifloat Assembly Supervisor.

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modular Combifloat jack up being loaded

C7 jack up enroute to South America’s

Combifloat has been loading multiple cargo vessels  to travel around the world, in the same week during February. A C-7 series was shipped to the America’s to support a clients activities. The client’s requirement was urgent as their award was based on the timely availability of equipment, including the Combifloat C-7. Combifloat’s strong stock position facilitated this timeline.

Do you want to know what we have available and where, please contact sales@combifloat.com.

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Environmental impact of hydraulic powerpacks

Regularly we get questions on the use of Hydraulic Powerpacks, here some tips and tricks!

Did you know that

  • Combifloat C-5 and C-7-D0 Hydraulic Powerpacks (140 bar) have 1x Diesel Engine of 130 KW @ 2200 RPM, 1x Diesel Tank of 250 litres, 1x Oil Tank of 700 litres. The fuel consumption at full speed is approx. 25 litres/hour.
  • Combifloat C-7-D1 Hydraulic Powerpacks (250 bar) have 2x Diesel Engine of 120kW @ 2100 RPM, 2x Diesel Tank of 350 litres, and 1x Oil Tank of 1600 litres.The fuel consumption at full speed is approx. 50 litres/hour.
  • Combifloat C-9.5-D1 Hydraulic Powerpacks (250bar) have 2x Diesel Engine of 360 kW @ 1800 RPM, 2x Diesel Tank of 1600 litres, and 1x Oil Tank of 4000 litres. The fuel consumption at full speed is approx. 140 litres/hour.

Environmental impacts can be minimized:

  • Turning off the Powerpack when the Self Elevating Platform is not jacking up or down (floating and standing conditions);
  • Checking pipes, hoses and fittings for leakages and damages at regular intervals, and having any damage repaired immediately;
  • Performing maintenance according to the HPU manual;
  • Proper waste segregation of the replaced components;
  • Having a oils spill kit always immediately available.

If you have questions on our QHSE approach please contact qhse@combifloat.com or visit https://combifloat.com/quality-health-safety-and-environment/ .

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improved procedures

Continuous improvement, pre mobilization checks

Combifloat is continuously looking for improvements. Based on lessons learned new tools have been developed to inspect the condition of the cylinders on the spudwells of our jacking houses for the C5 and C7 self-elevating platforms.

Now inspection is easily done on our yard prior to sending out the equipment across the continents. This to make sure everything is in perfect condition to get right on the job!

The tools allow us to extract the cylinders, by which they become visible, while disassembled and stored in our yards or on alternative sites.

Product support and services are at the hart of Combifloat. Want to know more please visit https://combifloat.com/services/product-support/.

For inquiries please contact sales@combifloat.com

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Combifloat C724 in Senegal

C7 available in West Africa Q2 2022

The C724 is scheduled to be available in West Africa around Q2 2022.

The C-7 Self Elevating Platforms is mainly active in near shore marine construction works such as new-build or maintenance works on jetties, breakwaters and piling activities.

The C-7 can take deck loads up to 400 mT and has a spud length of 38.5m allowing the platform to work in deep water ports and coastal waters with water depths up to around 28m.
The C-7 is delivered with IACS class notation and in varying configurations to perfectly suit each specific job requirement.

Additional deck equipment as winches, bollards, fairleads and piling gates can be easily installed with the standard Combifloat coupling systems. Optionally the platform can be outfitted with a Central Control System allowing the platform to be lifted and lowered synchronously.

Specifications here 

Contact dubai@combifloat.com 

Combifloat C724 in Senegal

Modular jack up working in senegal

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UAE changing working week

There have been big changes to the UAE working week. Like many other leading firms Combifloat has moved to a Monday-Friday, working week from 1 January onwards.

Main reason for the change in the country is that this will better align the Emirates with global partners and should boost productivity, and improve work-life balance.

Combifloat look forward to working through this change with all our clients and partners globally.

More information https://www.thenationalnews.com/uae/government/2021/12/07/breaking-uae-makes-major-changes-to-working-week/ 

For further questions please contact dubai@combifloat.com

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UAE50 floating stage

UAE50; Floating by Combifloat

Recently the UAE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in Hatta, Dubai were held and attended by the UAE’s most senior dignitaries.

Combifloat’s role

Combifloat played a major role in realisation of the show at Hatta Dam. Essentially the industrial pontoons provided a solid foundation for the stages. The coupling mechanism enabled great flexibility in configurations, fitting the multiple applications for the event.

Almost 200 floats were used to configure the various floating pontoons needed for the show. Eye catching were the 1000 tons build-up of the stage pontoon and 700 tons of grandstand pontoon, both in their own unique shape to optimize surface and load.

Combifloat mobilized e the largest amount of floats ever on a single project. Apart from shipping from Europe to the UAE, some 100 trucks were deployed for the final stretch to Hatta Dam.

barge layout with spacing

Sample barge layout

The show

Staged in Hatta Dam Lake and surrounded by the Hajar Mountains, it provided a magnificent setting for an amazing show.

The show’s centrepiece was a huge sculpture, supported by modern technology and set on a floating stage in the Hatta Dam Lake, to highlight the close relationship between humans and nature and UAE’s history since the 19th century.

The show comprised nine chapters chronicling highlights from the UAE’s 50-year development journey and projections of the UAE’s future in the next 50 years.



Key benefits Combifloat

  1. Modularity allowed transport to the mountain lake
  2. Availability ex stock
  3. Easy and fast assembly
  4. Very flexible in achievable configurations due to multiple ways to connect floats


  • UAE 50th National Day Celebration
  • Artistic Director and Designer Es Devlin
  • Location Hatta Dam
  • Offical producer Larmac Projects
  • Credit photos: Nicolas Chavance

Contact dubai@combifloat.com

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