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LIFTING EQUIPMENT, DECK MACHINERY & WINCHES


SPARROWS GROUP RETAINS BP NORTH SEA CONTRACT


Sparrows Group has successfully retained its current North Sea Mechanical Handling and Crane Management contract with BP, which will extend the working partnership between the two companies to over 50 years.


The contract sees the lifting and mechanical handling specialist operating and maintaining all 21 of BP’s pedestal cranes in the North Sea across eight assets. This includes the soon to be commissioned Clair Ridge platform and Glen lyon fPSO.


The full scope of the Mechanical Handling and Crane Management contract covers the supply of crane operators and maintenance of the pedestal cranes as well as all other mechanical handling equipment which includes inspection, repair, refurbishment and spares management. As part of the contract Sparrows also deliver training and engineering support for all lifting scopes which includes equipment change-outs and decommissioning activities.


The firms have a long history together, with Sparrows servicing all of BP’s North Sea crane operations and maintenance requirements since 1975. Sparrows first sent crane operators to the forties Alpha and Charlie platforms in June of that year.


The lengthy association has enabled the companies to develop a highly effective understanding focused primarily on safety and performance.


Stewart Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of Sparrows, said:


Reaching this impressive milestone with BP is something we are very proud of. We have built an enduring relationship with them, which began in the very early years of the North Sea, based firmly on true partnership.


To be involved as the new generation of platforms come online is hugely satisfying and underlines that there is a lot of life left in the North Sea. Over the years, we have together developed and implemented best working practices, with a true spirit of collaboration focused on performance and safety.


FOUR-YEAR PLAN TO POSITION GAYLIN AS MARKET LEADER IN VIETNAM


Singapore-headquartered Gaylin, a specialist supplier of lifting, rigging and marine equipment, has initiated a plan to reposition its Vietnam facility to address changing trends in the local oil and gas, refining and chemical plant sectors. In essence, Gaylin will build on more than a decade of experience supplying slings and shackles to expand the portfolio, creating rental and labour-based revenue streams.


Gaylin has five other global hubs in the region South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and China —across which a dedicated training and competency programme has been rolled out to ensure personnel are trained on the latest legislation applicable to their respective geographies and marketplaces.


Ongoing development of the Vietnam operation, which is located in the Dong Xuyen Industrial Park (since 2014), is focused on implementation of a more robust quality management system coupled with a driven, long-term training plan. Gaylin will introduce a much wider range of rental assets locally that includes specialist equipment such as load cells, spreader beams, testing equipment, winch systems and spooling capabilities.


p30 | www.sosmagazine.biz | March 2017


LEEA AND ICHCA PUBLISH NEW GUIDANCE ON SAFE USE OF SHIPPING CONTAINER LUGS


LEEA has co-produced a new pamphlet that provides practical guidance and advice on the safe use of container lugs, which are commonly used for connecting ISO shipping containers to lifting equipment. The briefing document has been written in collaboration with ICHCA International, the leading representative body for the cargo handling industry, and is available to download free-of-charge from the LEEA website (www.leeaint.com).


Container lugs are designed to fit in the top corner castings of ISO shipping containers, providing a means of connection for slings, shackles and lifting frames, for example. They therefore play a safety critical role during lifting operations and the new pamphlet covers vital issues such as the correct means of attaching lugs to the load and crane, appropriate storage and handling, and basic requirements for inspection, maintenance and thorough examination. An overview of documentation and product marking requirements is also included. A PDF version of the briefing pamphlet, titled ‘lEEA – 066 General guidance on the safe use of container lifting lugs’, can be found at: www.leeaint.com/uk/Guidance-Documents


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