May 2021

MDL AME awarded crane upgrade scope

MDL will carry out a crane cab and control system upgrade for a North Sea Operator.

The work scope covers complete Project Management and Engineering - from initial site survey, through to design and installation and commissioning - of North and South cranes on board of a North Sea platform, which has been operational for nearly three decades.

Deliverables include site survey prior to preparing a Functional Design Specification (FDS) and a Software Technical Specification (STS); design and manufacture of control system, supply of a new ergonomically designed cab and control cabin, electrical panels and hydraulic systems for each crane; review of existing FMECA assessments; full software design; Final Acceptance Testing (FAT) in MDL Operations Centre in Peterhead, Scotland; followed by offshore installation, commissioning and function testing.

The package will also cover complete documentation with commissioning, testing procedures, a revised Operating & Maintenance Manual as well as operator training following final commissioning.

Over the past 20 months, MDL Asset Maintenance & Engineering (AME) division has built an extensive track record focusing heavily on efficient onshore planning prior to successful delivery on location.

Using MDL in-house skillset, the division provides complete Project Management and Engineering; maintenance and integrity services on cranes; overhauling and manufacturing services on mechanical handling equipment; as well as maintenance and development of hydraulic systems, electrical systems and instrumentation.

Shaun Cooper, MDL BD Manager – AME, said:

“This award demonstrates the great level of trust this Operator has in MDL in delivering a vital upgrade on a critical piece of lifting equipment on their production asset. It is trust well placed, backed by our successful track record and two decades of lifting expertise.

“The AME division has already delivered numerous maintenance improvements on platforms and FPSOs, including ‘desktop’ engineering studies, on-board overhauls and fault finding. What our customers have valued the most is the open communications, quick responses and our expertise that ‘makes their problems go away’.

“I look forward to following the progress on this project and assisting other clients with similar safety and efficiency improvements on their facilities.”