Boskalis Sustainability Report 2020
INNOVATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS IN ACTION
CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION
ZERO JIP Coordinated by leading maritime institute MARIN, Boskalis is part of a Joint Industry Project to design, build and test a prototype Engine Room of the Future. The project’s aim is to develop tools to design engine rooms that are based on new low- or zero-emission technology, enabling them to operate on fuels that have low- to zero-carbon emissions. Based on actual operational profiles, different configurations of power sources are being designed and simulated by computer models. The Engine Room of the future will be validated in MARIN’s Zero Emission Laboratory and its digital twin virtual-ZEL. The project started in September 2020 and will have a duration of two years, with around 20 participants led by MARIN. GREEN MARITIME METHANOL As part of the Green Maritime Methanol Consortium, Boskalis is investigating the feasibility of methanol as a sustainable fuel for the maritime sector by taking part in a concept design study along with eight other selected companies. The project, supported by TKI Maritiem and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, reached completion in December 2020, showing that while technically feasible, the use of methanol is not yet economically viable for retrofit in our vessels. However, the project is being extended for another two years, starting mid-2021, where the focus will be on new-build vessels.
Strategy and ambition SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2020 – BOSKALIS THE ‘GO-BARRY’ – A SELF-MOVING TRAFFIC BARRIER Delivering substantial safety advantages for road workers, as well as improved traffic flow and time savings, the Self-Moving Traffic Barrier – or ‘Go-Barry’ to give it its commercial name – integrates several track-propelled undercarriages into an existing traffic barrier. Designed for roadwork situations, Go-Barry utilizes remote contact between a road worker and the barrier, enabling the barrier to be moved without human intervention. The innovation has attracted great interest from our clients; it was tested in a Proof of Concept at the end of 2020, and, incorporating lessons learned, a prototype will be tested in 2021. REMOTELY OPERATED CUTTING TOOL Traditionally, offshore platforms require pre-fabricated cutting platforms to be installed on each leg of the platform when the platform is dismantled at the end of a project – an expensive and potentially hazardous exercise. This remotely operated tool, due to be employed during upcoming decommissioning operations, not only represents significant cost savings, but makes a substantial contribution to the safety of our, and our clients’ employees.
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