30 Aug 2018
There are eight nominations in the running for the Safety Award 2018! IADC is proud to announce the next nomination is Square tires as fenders by Boskalis. The winner will be announced on 15 September 2018.
Square tires as fenders by Boskalis
Slips, trips and falls are considered to be the number one safety risk throughout the sector. An internal innovation event at Boskalis identified a situation on vessels to be unsafe and a solution has been conceived and implemented.
Regularly round tires are placed to form a fender which is intended to protect the equipment. These fenders can form a risk during crew transfers.
Therefore in an effort to support the crew and make the transfer safer, squared tires have been installed in place of conventional round tires. Complete with an anti-slip surface, they can be installed on all sizes of barges or multi-cats.
Cost effective, the solution is also a sustainable one since it is easy to apply and limited resources are needed for maintenance. As it is a general application, the solution can easily be used across the maritime industry, in a context even broader than dredging.
Boskalis’ Magnor backhoe dredger is currently equipped with square tire fenders and tires are being produced for six other backhoe staircases. Two sizes are currently available and further development is being done to make it fit for purpose for different equipment.