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Balder 3000 ton crane
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No: 1028   Contributor: Alf Cooke   Year: 1976   Country: United Kingdom
Balder 3000 ton crane

Alongside Brent Bravo removing crane pedestal.
Picture added on 02 May 2008
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This picture and picture #1029 are showing a crane barge which is not the Balder as stated. Balder has twin Sumitomo Cranes - the barge shown has a single crane. The A frame is totally different to the Balder and it shows a single crane ..not ..the twin set up as the Balder.

Added by Duncan Murray on 29 March 2009.
Take a look at picture #865, looks like the same crane type to me and your not gonna see the other crane in a picture that size!

Added by Anon on 29 August 2009.
Anon you have a very good point, however if you look at the "A" frame on picture #1029, (the bit that supports the Boom) you will see it is of the "Lattice" type" ..both the Balder (picture #865) and the Hermod have "Beam" A Frames..

Added by Duncan Murray on 31 August 2009.
This looks like the crane of one of Heerema's monohull crane barges. This crane looks like the one of the DLB Thor, that was later transferred to McDermott as DB52.

Added by Arie Korving on 02 September 2009.
Hey, I'm jealous. You guys seem to know your cranes. I can't argue but my memory of Baldur/Hermod cranes is that the engine rooms were very boxy and much taller than that shown here which is positively streamlined. Anyway, despite having been on both of them more than once, I have no recollection of which job goes with which crane. For instance, I was on one of them for a few weeks prior to the module floatout and installation of the Brae B but I cant recall which barge it was now. Last time I was on one was after it was refitted to lift the new Piper Alpha replacement integrated deck when it had both cranes tied back to enable the 11000/13000ton lift of the integrated deck offshore for this platform. I didn't see the lift but I believe it was a world record. Was it used on the decommissioning of the MCP01?? If so that may have been the last time I saw one of them. Losing memories now!! See what I mean about bad memory?? Cant recall now whether barge was a Heerema or an ordinary flotel!!

Added by Alan Clark (Oilslick) on 30 December 2010.
I was on the balder and witnessed then record lift onto the piper alpha rig
Also have a photo of the lift with attached board signifying weight travelled from flushing holland to make lift, there was launching ceremony of the balder just before we left.
I worked for eumech at the time this was her maiden voyage in the North Sea .cant quite rember the exact year 1974 or 75 I believe

Added by Ivan Chamberlain on 17 March 2014.
I worked on the balder when I worked at brown &root gt Yarmouth..
6 of us went to flushing by boat from gt yarmouth, I remember it was a hell of a trip, so rough it took hours to get there.
When we arrived at flushing inlet you could see this gigantic structure towering above the flat landscape.
The boat we were on could have sailed under it.
Although built in japan it had a launching ceremony at flushing just before we arrived, all the gear was still on the dock.
We were the first people to inhabit it for work, everything was brand new, very comfortable.
The job we had was to erect A 60 portacabins on the deck for
Welders to live in while we journied up to the piper alpha to lift a package which was at the time a record weight lift.
It took us 2 weeks to make the journey, very rough seas, strong winds.steered by tugs but under or own steam
I have photos I took of the trip and the package lift onto pipa A.







Added by Ivan chamberlain on 18 December 2014.
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