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Ship Repair & Conversion Annual
La Ciotat Shipyards
Matière, Bardex Tapped for 4300T Shiplift
In the ship repair and conversion busi- (L to R): Jean-Yves Saussol, CEO,
La Ciotat Shipyards, Thomas Miller, ness there are myriad tools available
CEO Bardex Corp., and Philippe to make otherwise dirty and danger-
Matière, CEO, Matière.
ous jobs more ef? cient, safe and cost- effective. But arguably, the number one placement. The transfer system is self- tool in its box is the ability to seamlessly powered using two independent diesel move vessels. power supplies..
Late last year La Ciotat Shipyards “Bardex and Matiere are partners and announced the award of a contract for co-contractors,” said Miller. “Bardex is
Photo: Bardex the design and build of a new 4300- providing the engineering and design of ton shiplift for megayachts, a contract Direct docking on the platform will also the shiplift and transfer system and me- awarded to a consortium of the French be possible, and the platform lift will be chanical/electrical equipment. Bardex company Matière and the U.S. company designed to treat yachts up to 4300 tons scope includes chain jack, lifting de-
Bardex. The new lift is scheduled to be and 105 meter long. “The shiplift per- vices, hydraulic power supplies, control installed and operational in 2022. mits both side and end transfer off the system, chains, transfer system hydrau- “Matière and Bardex have proven that platform as well as docking directly on lic bogie cars. Matiere is responsible for they can offer the best compromise on the platform to maximize the number platform and transfer system structural price and quality,” said Alexandre Rol- of vessels that can be serviced at one fabrication; equipment, piping and elec- land, Project Director La Ciotat Ship- time,” said Miller. “Platform synchroni- trical fabrication; installation, intercon- yards. “Having a French company as zation is closely monitored by the con- nection and testing at site.” main partner in the team is very reassur- trol system and adjusted automatically Miller is a Bardex veteran of nearly ing in view of a better control on costs at all times to maintain synchronization 40, and when he looks at the world to- and delays which are critical for this during lifting/lowering. It allows the day he sees ample opportunity. “We are project. Very positive feedback from cli- platform to be tilted in a controlled man- seeing near term growth in new yards ents that have been using Bardex shiplift ner to simplify blocking of vessels with capable of lifting mega-yachts (over systems for more than 20 years has rein- a sloped keel.” 100m length) in the Mediterranean re- forced our analysis.” The modular transfer system uses gion,” said Miller. “This is the ? rst shiplift designed for Bardex patented hydraulic bogie cars “There is also opportunity for new lifting megayachts using Bardex Chain with articulating wheels to evenly dis- shiplifts for launching and repairing
Jacks,” said Tom Miller, CEO, Bardex. tribute the vessel loads to the transfer military vessels in the Asia/Australia “It was selected for its superior safety rails despite variations in individual rail region.” record and signi? cantly lower lifecycle cost of ownership. The use of a rigid platform combined with a hydraulic lift
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