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'Kreeft'

Sand barge 'Kreeft' conversion adds new capabilities

Date
September 2018
Ship name
'Kreeft'
Ship type
Inland Shipping
Yard
Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf
Tasks performed for this project
  • Conversion

In the summer of 2018 the sand barge Kreeft, owned by Boskalis Nederland, spent three months at Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf (DSO) undergoing major works in preparation for her next project.

The 96-metre by 12.5-metre barge has been active for many years, and the first order of business was extensive repair work on her double-plated hull. The inspection revealed that part of the hull required repair or replacement.

The second stage of the project was to give the barge new capabilities, in this case the ability to manoeuvre independently when being on site. This required the fitting of a bow thruster and all the associated systems.

To achieve this, a generator room was created inside the forepeak space. There, two generators and pumps for handling the cargo compartment were installed along with all the necessary pipework and electrical components and cabling, plus connections to the bow thruster itself. A range of deck and hold modifications were also made, including adding a drainage system in the hold with a pump connection overboard.

“This was a major undertaking and involved a wide range of skills,” said Jeen van der Werf, commercial manager at Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf. “With the works completed and with over 50 tonnes of steel added or replaced, the entire barge was blasted and repainted, leaving her looking as good as new.”

The Kreeft left DSO on 24 September and was towed to the land reclamation project currently taking place in North Amsterdam. This requires a total of 15,000,000 m³ of sand to be transported to the site and offloaded, and so involves the support of many barges.

Boskalis Nederland has an ongoing relationship with DSO, and the excellent cooperation and communication at all levels ensured that the project went smoothly and was completed on time.

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Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf has amassed a wealth of experience and knowledge in the fields of ship repair, refit, modification and maintenance. This has only increased since the merger with the Damen Shipyards Group and due to ongoing growth throughout the years.

  • Sand barge 'Kreeft', owned by Boskalis Nederland, spent three months at Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf undergoing major works in preparation for her next project.
  • Sand barge 'Kreeft' at Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf
  • Sand barge 'Kreeft', owned by Boskalis Nederland, spent three months at Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf undergoing major works in preparation for her next project.
  • Sand barge 'Kreeft' at Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf

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