Bigroll Bering gets DP2 upgrade
PRESS RELEASE – Bakker Sliedrecht and RH Marine will upgrade Roll Group’s vessel BigRoll Bering with a Dynamic Positioning 2 system (DP2). This allows the 173-metre long module carrier to better maintain its position during cargo operations and increases the deployability of the vessel.
RH Marine will supply the DP2 system, while Bakker Sliedrecht has been asked to upgrade the vessel and supply the switch boxes, cables for communication and power supplies, installs and commissions the system.
“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,” say system architect Gerrit van Pelt of Bakker Sliedrecht and sales manager Peter Copier from RH Marine.
The cooperation between the two Pon-companies – with Bakker Sliedrecht acting as the main contractor – is intended to offer 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”, says Van Pelt. The lead time is also shorter. “Normally we have a lead time of 24 weeks for the installation of a new DP2 system, but by working closely with Bakker Sliedrecht, we can complete it in thirteen weeks”, adds Copier.