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Babcock Marine Relies on Bureau Veritas for Seamless Quality Assurance Services in the UK and China for its 1000-Ton Goliath Crane

Bureau Veritas provided a comprehensive and seamless third party Quality Assurance service covering the whole project from design review through to testing and commissioning.

Alasdair MacIver
Senior Production Engineer Marine and Technology Division,
Babcock International Group

BUSINESS CHALLENGE

Babcock Marine won the contract for the construction of this mammoth crane for the UK Aircraft Alliance.

The main criteria in choosing an inspection partner were experience and reputation in quality and safety inspection and international coverage, especially in China.


Among the bids for the project, the one from Bureau Veritas Crane Department offered the best team organization, providing engineer-inspectors with the required knowledge and in-depth experience for the job.

SOLUTION

Bureau Veritas seamlessly provided Babcock Marine with the full range of inspection services it needed in both the UK and China, including design review and independent calculation, inspection during construction in China, inspection at dockyard for erection as well as commissioning testing and CE marking validation. They built a solid international team for the project with the local business unit managers taking direct charge of  project inspection management.


Bureau Veritas technical center engineers handled the design review. CE consulting & validation was ensured by Bureau Veritas UK level III engineers. They helped anticipate quality and technical issues and provided solutions as they arose during the fabrication (by specialist manufacturer Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery Co Ltd (ZPMC)), and erection and commissioning phases in the UK. They were involved in the entire process from design review to consulting and supervision of materials preparation and the construction phase, including the welding and painting, etc.

BENEFITS

Partnering with Bureau Veritas enabled Babcock to sort technical issues and challenges right from the start of the project, in its design review phase. They continued to provide seamless support to Babcock Marine throughout the project in the implementation of the quality control plan and on setting up the quality control process for the Goliath crane's fabrication in China, and on to the erection and final testing phases.0


The swift responses provided by the Bureau Veritas UK teams in suggesting solutions to discrepancies or technical issues was invaluable and greatly contributed to Babcock Marine's ability to meet the crane's delivery deadline.

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Client: Babcock Marine
 

Parent: Babcock International Group PLC

Client industry: Naval support business

Client size:

27,000 employees (2011)
 

£2.9 billion in revenue (2011)
 

Client profile:

Key activities: building next generation aircraft carriers, managing naval bases and providing equipment support on behalf of the UK Government.
 

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