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Brimmond’s Crane Solution For The Decom Sector’s Weighty Challenge

Specialising in the design, manufacture and provision of lifting, mechanical and hydraulic equipment, BRIMMOND offer tailored marine crane packages for the marine and offshore industries.

Following a £750K investment, the firm now boasts one of the largest rental fleets of high-capacity marine cranes in the UK, and is well placed to tackle a recognised challenge in the decommissioning sector: projects being held up as a result of the aging platform cranes’ operability and reliability. These cranes are often de-rated, which not only has implications for the safety of personnel, but also for the subsequent downtime caused by delays in lifting activities.

Brimmond has a proven track-record in providing temporary lifting solutions to support wellhead operations, reducing the reliance on platform cranes, and enhancing the safety and efficiency of these operations. The firm stocks a number of high-capacity marine cranes which are immediately available for rental, reducing the lead times and CAPEX expenditure associated with purchase.

1x HLM8-2S (New – Ex-Stock Kintore, Scotland)

2x HLM10-3S (New - Ex-Stock Italy)

2x HLM20-3S (Used - Ex-Stock Kintore, Scotland)

2x HLM20-3S (New- Ex-Stock Italy)

1x HLM25-5S (New - Ex-Stock Kintore, Scotland)

1x HLRM25-5S (New - Ex-Stock Kintore Scotland) 

1x 440-8S (Used - Ex-Stock Kintore, Scotland)

1x HLRM65-6SL (New - Ex-Stock Kintore Scotland) 

1x 175000-6SL (New - Ex-Stock Kintore Scotland)

Plug and abandonment

Recent projects in the UKCS saw Brimmond resolve complex installation challenges on two aging assets in the UKCS, by supplying their 175txm marine crane packages. Provided in modules that remain within the platform crane’s lifting capacity, they were fully assembled in-situ by Brimmond’s experienced team of offshore technicians. 

Brimmond’s fleet of rental cranes can also be deployed to take on some of the day-to-day workload of the platform cranes, as well as specific P&A activities, via a pre-installed skidding system.

Vessel based decommissioning (mattress recovery)

Mattress recovery campaigns in the North Sea require recovered concrete mattresses to be stacked precisely, with the objective of having the maximum pile height achievable. 

Historically this has proved challenging when using the larger existing vessel cranes on campaigns. Brimmond’s solution is to provide compact knuckle boom marine crane packages with long outreach (typically 21m) which have deck coverage for stacking mattresses, while allowing the existing vessel cranes to focus on recovery. 

These packages are supported by Brimmond technicians

and qualified and certified operators. Using remote

control allows the operator to work closely with the

banksman, and thanks to the high accuracy of both the

operator and the crane the mattresses can be stacked on

average 20% higher than the vessel’s main crane can

achieve. This in turn presents significant cost savings.

UK’s longest reach marine knuckle boom cranes 

Having identified that deck coverage on platforms and vessels is integral to supporting clients’ decommissioning projects, Brimmond has invested in two top-quality marine cranes with 6 extensions and an impressive 27 metres outreach - the longest reach marine knuckle boom cranes available for hire in the UK.

Specifically designed to cover a wide range of decommissioning lifting projects, one of these cranes is now available at Brimmond HQ in Aberdeenshire, with the second due for completion imminently. 

Brimmond marine cranes – built to support the energy transition.

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