Over summer Bas Hermes (on the picture left) joined the Oceanteam Cable Solutions team as manager Operations. Bas brings along a wealth of ops & tech knowledge and skills as well as a problem solving approach. Something that was instantly visible on the recent vessel mobilizations. While currently renovating his home, Bas has most recently worked for Eerland Shiprepair and held various roles with Boskalis earlier. His appointment is another important step of rejuvenating OCS.
We wish you and your loved ones Happy Holidays and a very happy, healthy and successful 2023
Quality, Health, Safety and Environment are of paramount importance at Combifloat.
Our management system has been audited by Bureau Veritas, and we are pleased to announce that both branches in The Netherlands and in Dubai, have renewed their certification for ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and ISO 45001.
Combifloat Systems BV and Combifloat Middle East BV, thanks to the strength and the effectiveness of their processes, are able to deliver Equipment and Services according to the highest standard of the Offshore and Marine industries.
For more information please visit https://certification.bureauveritas.com/certification/qhse or contact QHSE@combifloat.com
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.
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 email@example.com or visit https://combifloat.com/quality-health-safety-and-environment/ .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently Combifloat was requested to perform repair and supervisory services for a long-standing client in the Baltic area on a C7 modular jack up platform. This self-elevating platform is used by a large civil contractor for marine construction works and has been deployed on a variety of projects in the region already.
Combifloat is known for her pragmatic and fast response after sales support to facilitate the maximum uptime and workability of her systems which in this case included inspections and repairs.
For more information on our product and lifetime support: