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Rometal’s Offshore Structures

FLEXIBILITY KEY IN HIGH TENSILE STEEL FABRICATION

Managing Director Gert-Jan van Utrecht came from the crane world when he founded Rometal in 2000. Unsurprisingly, the Dutch steel specialist rapidly built up a reputation for delivering high quality hoisting, crane and heavy lift equipment such as lifting beams, spreaders, winches, jacking systems, seafastenings and deck equipment.

Now Rometal’s flexibility is behind a growing reference list of complex offshore structures including heavy lift push-up jacks, mooring anchors, pile gripper frames and all kinds of “We’re still a relatively young fabrication yard operating in the Dutch, Belgian and North Sea market,” Mr Van Utrecht explained. “But when I show our current references, projects we have already delivered, I think our offshore experience speaks for itself. Our clients are not just the top OEMs and engineering companies, but also the main international heavy lift and marine contracting players.” CharacteristicsThe company supplies all kinds of steel structurals – with a focus on high tensile steel S690, S890 and S960 and meets the highest on- and offshore requirements. The organisation has built up its ability to provide all required documentation. Traceability, all necessary reports, certificates, WPQR, WPS are Rometal standards. Their high quality standards allow them to serve both the on- and offshore industry, complying with the rules and regulations stipulated by all classification societies. As well as new structures, Rometal does repairs, modifications, tests and on-site services. “It comes down to offering clients that flexibility,” Commercial Director Martijn van Manen stated. He illustrated Rometal’s flexible approach with the recent delivery of a pile gripper frame for a wind installation jack-up vessel. “This is a large, complex structure with a lot of hydraulical and electrical hardware. We assembled it at a location chosen in close consultation with the client. And we fabricated the elements in two different locations – partly in our facility in Moerdijk in the Netherlands and partly in our plant in Brasov, Romania. With two locations as well as on-site services, we are flexible. And that translates into short turnaround times and cost savings for our clients.”FacilitiesIn Moerdijk, Rometal’s head office operates a production facility spanning approximately 2,000 m². In 2008 Rometal expanded with a brand new 5,000 m² plant in Brasov, Romania. The fast growing company recently expanded their Romanian facility with another 2,500 m².Compared with the rest of the European Union, Romania obviously has lower operating costs. But Mr Van Manen highlights another important consideration – the pool of highly skilled workers in Romania.   “We’ve taken some of our main clients from the Netherlands to visit the plant in Brasov. It’s immediately clear that we’re working to the highest standards – even the building itself has the highest specifications. It’s a modern, efficient workplace. Things like underfloor heating to prevent snow build-up for pedestrians – it illustrates our commitment to a state-of-the-art and safe working environment.”  The facility also has its own cutting machinery, a dedicated shotblasting and paint shop with air filtration, plate nesting equipment and inhouse engineering support. The two locations are fully linked with dynamic software, so they both work from the same plans and ensure a faultless delivery process. Together, Rometal’s facilities can manufacture all kinds of structurals up to complete systems, including hydraulics, electrics, system testing and (load) tests.Safe Pair of HandsOver the years Rometal has invested heavily in developing its welding procedures as well as its facilities. Today the company is working toward ISO quality management certification and building up its inhouse engineering support. Mr Van Utrecht: “Certification and inhouse project support are becoming more and more important for our clients looking for a   safe pair of hands. We get the job done, we stand behind our products. And, as a young flexible and still growing company, we keep on looking to the future to improve ourselves at all levels.”