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Lankelma joins International Jack-Up Barge Owners Association

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Lankelma has joined the International Jack-Up Barge Owners Association (IJUBOA), reinforcing its position as a leading international land and marine geotechnical contractor.

Membership follows the arrival of the company’s new Combifloat C5 jack-up platform, which is currently working on the ground investigation for the new Puente Nigale (Nigale Bridge) over Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela.

Eric Zon, Managing Director of Lankelma, said: “Membership of IJUBOA provides assurance to customers about our offshore services, demonstrating that our staff are trained and competent and that Lankelma is serious about the safety of its people and the environment. Combined with expansion of our marine fleet, joining the Association fits well with the strategy of increasing our global presence, as well as expanding our specialist overwater capability.”

The new C5 platform, “Sandpiper”, has 27m long legs and can operate in water depths of up to 18m. The 18m by 12m platform is modular, allowing it to be transported by road, with the pontoons assembled on site using a simple coupling system. This makes it ideal for easy handling and assembly in remote locations, where conventional equipment cannot be used.

“Lankelma can carry out top push or wireline Cone Penetration Tests from Sandpiper, combining the best offshore techniques with nearshore site investigations such as for wind farms, jetties, harbours, bridges and tunnels,” Eric Zon added.

The IJUBOA was formed in 2008 with the mission to “promote the safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound use of jack up barges as responses to a wide range of challenges”. The Association’s goal is to promote a safe, highly trained and well-run industry. Current members come from several European countries and Australia.

John Howard, Chair of IJUBOA, commented: “On behalf of IJUBOA I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new member Lankelma. It is a sign of the growing strength of the Association that we continue to recruit companies of this calibre and reputation.”