• 2018 February 28 22:49

    Niron Staal supplies critical steel components for iconic new London residential skyscraper

    Niron Staal, the specialist steel machining and construction subsidiary of DAMEN Shipyards Group, is nearing the completion of its first major machining contract for a skyscraper project for its client Hollandia Structures, partner in the VBH structural steel joint venture. The building involved is the 225-metre, 60-storey, residential structure named the Newfoundland Tower, currently under construction in London’s Canary Wharf financial district.

    What began initially with the machining of a single, precision steel plate to meet the high-level quality required by the client, has grown into a major contract for the machining of components critical to the support and integrity of the entire structure.

    A key feature of the Newfoundland Tower is the use of a diagrid structure in its design, similar to that used in the nearby, award-winning, ‘Gherkin’ office tower. These diamond-shaped external steel skeletons support and brace the entire building. In the case of the Newfoundland Tower it additionally has sloped, sculpted sides to give residents more space while also offering privacy on the balconies.

    Niron Staal has been responsible for machining all the complex steel components for the diagrid structure on the front of the building, including the corner intersections, frontal cross pieces and the ¬nuts that secure the main steel beams. With the height of the storeys being irregular and the load-bearing requirements of the external steelwork decreasing as the height increases, every component has had to be custom-made as the thickness of the steel plate falls. At each stage, lasers are used to calculate the distances and with that data Niron Staal machines each part to tolerances of +/- 0.2 mm.

    Earlier on in the project, the company was also responsible for the machining of a series of piles that have been installed at ground level, both vertically and angled, and which are critical to the overall stability of the tower block. Forming part of the base, these weigh up to 40 tonnes each, are 16 metres in length, and transfer the loads imposed by the diagrid structure down through 60-metre deep bearing piles.

    Discussions on the project began in the summer of 2016 with actual work beginning at the end of that year. The prime contractor for the steel work on the tower is VBH, a joint venture between Belgian group Victor Buyck and Dutch steel company Hollandia. VBH has unrivalled experience of working on high-rise projects in Canary Wharf and the adjacent City of London. Hollandia is responsible for the front of the building and it is they that contracted Niron Staal to undertake the fabrication of the most complex items of steelwork. The Newfoundland Tower is due for completion later in 2018.

    “This is the first time that we have contributed to a high-rise building project,” says Klaas Goedhart, Production Manager Machining at Niron Staal, “but the success of this contract demonstrates that we have both the skilled workforce and the equipment required to undertake the high-precision machining of steel structures and components for any application. We look forward to undertaking more assignments of this type in the future.”

    Kees Ardon at Hollandia Structures added; “The partnership with Niron Staal has worked very well. Once a schedule has been agreed we can rely on them to keep to it. The deliveries are always on time and the quality is very high; the components fit perfectly, first time, which is very important for us.”

    Damen Shipyards Group
    Damen Shipyards Group operates 33 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. DAMEN has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept DAMEN is able to guarantee consistent quality.

    Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, DAMEN vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

    Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.

    For nearly all vessel types DAMEN offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. DAMEN also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

    Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has a worldwide network of sixteen repair and conversion yards of which twelve are located in North West Europe. Facilities at the yards include more than 50 drydocks; conventional, floating and covered, the largest of which is 420 x 90 metres, as well as slopes, ship lifts and indoor halls. Projects range from the smallest simple repairs through Class’ maintenance to complex refits and the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,350 repair and maintenance jobs annually, both at the yards as well as in ports and while vessels are at sea.





2019 September 18

18:26 SGRE confirmed member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices in 2019
18:03 MOL repays existing loans through issuance of project bond for FPSO charter project
17:48 Russia’s Rosmorrechflot and Ministry of Industry and Trade develop preferential leasing programme
17:30 Vympel DB develops concept design for Arctic cruise ship
17:22 Metal Shark delivers new foil-assisted catamaran excursion vessel to Pure Florida
17:11 US Coast Guard shifts response efforts in Bahamas
17:03 ECSA considers the European State Aid Guidelines for maritime transport highly successful and key to maintaining a strong European shipping sector
16:39 Vigor hosts keel-laying ceremony for the U.S. landing craft MSV(L)
16:21 Vitol announces long-term LNG time charter contract with H-Line
16:03 Despite some positive indicators, concerns remain for offshore energy underwriters, reports IUMI
15:42 Wärtsilä Denmark joins Digitalisation in Shipping: Europe 2019 as Associate Partner
15:24 USCG ends search for migrants of capsized vessel off Martinica Beach
15:03 GTT receives an order from HHI & SHI for the tank design of six Very Large Ethane Carriers
14:50 FSUE Atomflot develops project on construction of 7MW icebreaking tugboat
14:33 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from North East Asia to Australia
14:16 Wärtsilä simulators provide advanced training at newly inaugurated Portuguese facility
14:14 Ørsted contracts Van Oord for cable installation at Greater Changhua offshore wind farms
14:12 GTT obtains Approval in Principle for Arc7 ice class ships from Russian Maritime Register of Shipping
14:03 ABS and Samsung Heavy Industries sign digital technology
14:00 SAAM Towage contracts Damen for delivery of tug vessel
13:31 Discussion “Development of recreational crafts and high-speed passenger vessels” begins at Neva 2019
13:10 Wärtsilä launches the Wärtsilä 31SG pure gas engine for marine market applications
13:04 International Association of Ports and Harbors visited by ICHCA representatives
12:38 RS issues Approval in Principle for new GTT’s LNG containment systems
12:03 LR awards Jiangnan AiP for 91,000 m3 VLGC Panda 91T design.
11:49 ADNOC acquires 10% of VTTI
11:30 LNG-fueled tugboat Ishin undergoes 1st LNG bunkering trial in Port of Kobe
11:02 ABS and Samsung Heavy Industries to develop next generation LNG carrier
10:37 Training underway for Jeddah Maritime Information Sharing Centre
10:21 Panama Canal signs agreement with Port of Rotterdam
10:12 TGS announces strategic milestones to accelerate growth
09:44 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.09% to $64.49, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.44% to $59.08
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,283 points
08:56 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Sept 18

2019 September 17

19:06 Rosmorrechflot’s shipbuilding order for coming six years foresees construction of 147 vessels
18:29 Lead chemical carrier of Project 00216М named PortNews after our agency
18:05 MPC Capital and ZEABORN strengthen HARPER PETERSEN by combining their shipbroking activities
17:24 MOL issues integrated 'MOL Report 2019'
16:35 Eagle Bulk Shipping takes delivery of M/V Sydney Eagle
16:02 CMA CGM and TFG launch Rhine valley rail to German hinterland
15:30 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from North Europe to New Zealand
15:02 Sembcorp Marine’s Brazilian shipyard completes Petrobras P-68 FPSO
14:56 CMA CGM strengthens its intra-European and Mediterranean offer with the launch of the Black Sea Marmara Morocco service
14:10 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase for Trans-Pacific eastbound
13:10 Zadar Cruise Port is Port of the Year 2019
12:10 Port of Oakland refrigerated exports jump 20 percent in past year
11:51 Combined Task Force Commanders discussed their shared aims and goals in tackling the threat of piracy
11:34 Lars Thrane makes its Iridium Certus® debut with the LT-4200 maritime satcom system
11:22 Belfast Harbour reveals ambitious growth plans
11:00 Marine cargo market characterised by “accelerating change” as underwriters take action to address continuing unprofitability, says IUMI
10:34 Safety at Sea and BIMCO publish cyber security white paper
10:27 ABS and Keppel partner in developing the first two new build Drilling Rigs with Smart Notations
09:43 Greenland research vessel picks MAN hybrid propulsion package
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.87% to $68.42, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.24% to $61.89
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,311 points
08:56 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Sept 17

2019 September 16

18:04 Ports draw $5B investment, 12K jobs to Georgia
17:59 GOGL increases investment in Singapore Marine
17:50 Pella launched first serial trawler of Project 03095, Castor
17:25 Tenders on pilot projects for stevedoring company concessions in Olvia and Kherson ports officially announced