Crane track renovation at Tata Steel

A project completed with success! This month we carried out a crane track renovation at Tata steel in IJmuiden during a standstill.

We have renovated a crane track at height on behalf of Tata Steel IJmuiden. The crane track is used by a semi-gantry crane that transports steel plates over the crane track. The track is part of the production process at the Oxysteel factory 2. The crane track construction was severely worn-out over a length of 115 meters and needed to be renovated. The work was carried out, in ongoing shifts during a shutdown of 72 hours.

Gerben Fidder, Project Manager Rail Technology: “The complexity of a renovation like this one is that you have to determine in advance, this is necessary to make sure that all equipment and materials are present. Good coordination with the customer, but also an on time reminder of the purchased materials, the preliminary testing of the equipment and the availability of extra machines is necessary. The most important is that the customer’s wishes are correctly translated into practice. Although we are well prepared, unforeseen things always come up during a renovation. It must be kept in mind that the planned time can’t be delayed. It was again an interesting challenge! We are happy and proud that all work has been carried out and delivered, with the intended quality and within the planned timeframe.”

We take care of everything from start to finish
Unique at Bemo Rail is that thanks to our in-house engineering department, our own workshop and 50 years of experience, we can take care of the entire process from start to finish for our customers. For this project for Tata Steel, we made the production drawings ourselves, the rails were milled and the rail clamps were produced in our own workshop in Warmenhuizen.

In the execution, our own staff carried out the steel construction renovation. The conservation work was carried out by certified suppliers of which Bemo has hired the services.

In addition to the right equipment, Bemo Rail has an adequate and trained professional staff who deliver your project within the set quality requirements. After all, Bemo rail has been providing this for its customers for 50 years. Bemo has obtained various certifications to deliver qualified work to the customer. These are: VCA **, EN1090 EXC-2, DIN and ISO 9001: 2015, and ISO 3834-2.

For more information about crane track, ground rails renovations or new construction, please contact 0226 42 53 00 and ask for the rail technology department or visit www.bemorail.com/rail-systems/services/.

Bemo Rail goes underground

Bemo Rail will rebuild a 100 meter lorry track, in a bunker together with the museum’s volunteer corps for the Atlantic Wall Museum in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. 

“The Atlantikwall Museum Noordwijk consists of a series of bunkers from the Second World War. At 250 meters from the Bosweg, on the Verlengde Bosweg 1, lies on the cycle path in the Noordwijk battery, consisting of a fire control bunker, artillery bunkers, ammunition bunkers and residential bunkers connected by a tunnel system. Volunteers have worked hard in recent years to make it possible to open up different bunkers and the corridors to the public.” Bemo Rail is proud to contribute to this unique historic project.

“Before the 2nd World War started, the dunes north of Noordwijk were used as a golf course. This changed at the end of 1940, as the German marines took control of the area. About 180 soldiers came to reside there and living quarters, washing facilities and combat places were built for them. In total about 80 buildings, varying from wooden sanitary facilities to heavy concrete bunkers which had walls up to 3 meters thick. The building of the largest bunker S414 took more than 1,800 m3 of concrete, the equivalent of the contents of about 300 modern cement trucks! Therefore it is no wonder the Germans also built a railway to the bunkers to transport all the required raw materials. This, together with rationing, schemes for changing the guard, and defence strategies required elaborate logistical planning.”

Source and information: https://atlantikwall.nl/en/

Maintenance work at HLLA Container Terminal Hamburg

Another job finished, at the HLLA container terminal in Hamburg we repaired the underlayment and railclips of a trolley rails using our specially designed STS Crane Maintenance Platform.

The advantage of using the Bemo Rail maintenance platform is that no scaffolding of man lift is required. The platform is a save and approved work station with a CE control mark and it uses several servicing purposes such as rail maintenance and inspection.

If your crane track shows subsidence, shifting, rail breaches or other problems, we can solve them. A damaged rail can keep your crane out of service, which has annoying consequences and must be solved. Besides we can also maintain your rail construction periodically. Our maintenance work continues as usual! Especially now we will continue using our fifty years of experience and expertise to ensure that your organization is ready for the future.

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For maintenance on rail- or crane tracks, please contact George Nieuwland at, nieuwland@bemorail.nl or call 0031226-425318.

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Peel Ports rail construction on ballast bed – phase 2 completed

Bemo Rail completed fase 2 in Liverpool last week. After the successful completion of fase 1 in 2016, also fase 2 is completed to the full satisfaction of Peel Ports and McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd.

For the deep-water container terminal Liverpool2 of Peel Ports Group (UK) we installed cranes rails with concrete sleepers on ballast bed. Our own engineering department designed the solutions for the jacking- and anchoring points of the Bemo Rail ballast system and we produced them in our in-house workshop together with the buffers.

The CRMG cranes move on the 1386 meter runway rail construction in different stack fields. With 50 years of experience worldwide, Bemo Rail is an expert in the field of crane tracks for CRMG, STS, Gantry Cranes and ballast bed constructions.

Ballast
The use of a ballast bed provides stability, dampens vibrations and drains excess rainwater. When the construction is completely filled, the sleepers can be aligned in height. With a hydraulic jack the rail is levelled in the correct position. With the specially designed by Bemo Rail tamping machine/ ballast tamper the ballast is packed under each sleeper.

Bemo Rail has its own concrete sleeper for crane-rail constructions with heavy wheel loads. The rail is mounted onto a sleeper with a strong spring clip and an elastic sole plate. The sleeper can be installed very precisely in a ballast- or gravel bed, on sand-cement stabilization, or in repak.

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Rail renovation coal bunker at a waste-to-energy plant

For a waste-to-energy plant we replaced the rails, reinstalled the weldable rail clamps and renovated the base plate with injections. A special assignment, because we managed to do all these renovations while the coal bunker remained in operation, and because the rails was difficult to reach on one side, we made a custom platform to do the renovations.
Custom maintenance platform
To enable the replacement of the rail, Bemo rail carried out the work from a specially developed maintenance platform. From this “custom made” maintenance platform, the rail construction could be safely replaced with the help of cat beams and electric chain winches.The job was carried out in continuous service in order to shorten the turnaround time. All in all a great project, with a satisfied costumer.
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Golden Jubilee – Gerben Fidder Project Manager Rail Technology

Gerben Fidder started working at Bemo Rail in 2018. He is one of the newer colleagues and likes to share his experience at Bemo Rail.

Gerben: “Bemo Rail is a dynamic company, we do not give up easily and we like challenges. No project is too crazy. Whether it is in Sweden, French Guiana, Curacao, or in the Netherlands working on an extinguishing track, Bemo will get the job done. That is really something to be proud of. Bemo is unique and that is partly because we have both rail and shunting technology in-house. Thanks to this combination and our 50 years of experience, we can handle anything in the field of rail technology.”

Gerben (on the right) with collegues at Tata Steel working on a extinguishing track.

The switch to Bemo Rail
Gerben: “Before I made the switch to Bemo, I worked for seventeen years for an engineering company that specialises in construction and civil and mechanical engineering. The experience I gained there was mostly in the field of project and construction management. I started out as a supervisor and grew into a position as project coordinator. During that time, I coordinated several crane track renovation projects. Later, I became a construction manager. In this role, due to my experience with crane tracks, I was asked by a steel plant to manage the 40 to 500 ton crane tracks.

“I was a manager there for 8 years and I learned a lot about management and the maintenance of crane tracks in a production environment. After this, I was made construction and project manager at the engineering office. It was during that period that I came into contact with Bemo Rail while working on an extinguishing track project at Kooksfabriek 1 at Tata Steel. The work on the fire extinguishing track entailed a lot of effort, but it was very rewarding and a great pleasure.

“I remember well that it was hard to find a company that dared to do this challenging job, due to its technical complexity and associated coordination. But Bemo dared to take on the challenge. In that period, I collaborated intensively with Bemo. The project was a huge challenge, throwing up many complicated obstacles. We had a daily three-hour working window, after which regular production at the plant had to continue again. I thought it was great that Bemo had the flexibility, also in conversation, to solve technical obstacles and bring the job to a successful finish. It told people a lot about Bemo, about how working together went so smoothly, even when things were against us – Bemo Rail always came up with solutions.

I remember thinking to myself: “I want to be a part of that.

“After completing the project, I decided it was time for me to find a new challenge. It was by pure coincidence that George Nieuwland told me that Bemo Rail was looking for a Project Manager Rail Technology. I went for an interview and the job drew my immediate enthusiasm.  It was a position in which my experience in rail technology could be further specialised and developed. The switch from the role of client to contractor was completely new to me. It felt like a fresh start and a great opportunity for the further course of my career. Once hired, Bemo felt like a warm blanket and I still really enjoy working at Bemo. Thanks in no small part also, incidentally, to great colleagues and solidarity.

“We offer the complete rail-technology package. We make, sell, assemble and install different types of rails and related products such as sole plates, sleepers, buffers and rail clips.

“Bemo Rail projects are often long-term projects that start with capturing the interest of the customer, followed by an on-site visit and a customised offer. When the order is approved, the internal process starts: from purchase to work preparation. I ensure all the right parts, materials, planning and people are put in place. After that, it is important to ensure that the foreman and the on-site team know what’s what. I am always present at the kick-off, I think that’s important. We do the job together, as a team, and I am very happy and proud of the great results that our team has achieved!

Gerben with Teun Druijf (director) at a project in Sweden.

Tronox
“The Tronox project is an example of a great, but also challenging project. Tronox produces titanium dioxide pigment and they asked us a rather complex question. It concerned a large and heavy oven that was set up on six parallel rails in a gutter with a length of 45 metres. The rails and wheels of the oven needed to be replaced, but the oven was coated with refractory brickwork on the inside. Refractory bricks are not glued in, but locked in place by an expansion process. The major concern was that the refractory brickwork would be damaged when jacking up the oven and the oven had to be jacked up in order to be able to replace the rail construction and wheels underneath.

“At Bemo, we rose to the challenge with great success! It went so well that shortly after the first oven, we were commissioned to perform the renovation work on the second, then the third and now the final oven this year.”

The future of Bemo Rail
“Within the organisation, we recently changed the way we work to a more project-based approach. We now work together on projects with all the Bemo departments and facets of the company, in specially assigned teams. This ensures that we can deliver even better results. As a company, we are constantly improving and developing in order to be more efficient, do better and meet or go beyond our customers’ demands. We help each other with our various expertises to make each project a success and to operate together at a high level, all with the ultimate aim to satisfy the customer.

“Our engineering and rail department constantly work together on innovation. We investigate options for new materials that are better for the climate, for instance, without compromising on quality. Bemo Rail is ready for the future.

“My experience after a year and a half: Bemo is a fun and diverse company where you are challenged as a person. Because of that challenge, you learn a lot in a short period of time. And at Bemo, there is also plenty of room for the personal: it is wonderful to work in an environment where people are willing to help each other.”

 

Golden Jubilee Bemo Rail – Sebastiaan Bachet, Foreman Rail Technology

Sebastiaan started at Bemo Rail in 2005 after a technical education and additional specialised courses in metalworking. He first worked as a mechanic in the Bemo workshop, but soon he moved to fieldwork.

Sebastiaan: “I have travelled all around the world on behalf of Bemo Rail. I have been in Laos, Thailand, Ghana, Hong Kong, Egypt, Morocco, Brazil, Peru, French Guiana, Aruba, Curacao, Finland, England, Germany and Belgium.”

Sebastiaan: “I started in Waarland, with a team of new mechanics. At the time, I was not the average Bemo employee and stood out with my diamond earrings, Nikes and Indonesian complexion. However, I quickly felt at home and have been working at Bemo for over 14 years now.

“The first three months, I spent drilling sleepers; then I was asked to join the field team. The colleagues were somewhat stiff and reserved at first. But then I got to know them and they got to know me and fortunately I found my place. We are a very close team, I wouldn’t call them family, but if you spend a long time together on a job on site, you get to know each other very well. We know we can count on each other.

“The first year and a half, I was assigned to do welding jobs. Together with colleague Wouter, we drove across the Netherlands for various jobs. Then the opportunity arose to become a foreman and I seized that opportunity.”

The Egypt Project: Installing 2,000 Metres of Rails on the Dock
Sebastiaan: “In 2008, Bemo needed someone for a project in Egypt. I didn’t know much about the country, but I was asked and I went; it was my first international project. The project site was located only three hours from Cairo and I was shocked when I arrived. I really hadn’t expected the difference in culture to be so significant! The project was led by a Chinese company and the working methods and conditions were different compared to what I was used to in the Netherlands. Communication was difficult at times.

Egypt installing 2,000 metres of Rails on the Dock

“The project involved installing 2,000 metres of rails on the dock. We had to install 250 metres in each phase; around 1,500 people worked on that same piece of 250 metres. Every time we finished 250 metres of rails, this was handed over to the terminal and a container crane was put on the rail immediately. It was a battlefield! Nowadays, this kind of practices do not exist anymore, and I have never experienced anything like it again. I certainly learned to stand up for myself! It was tough, but we made it work. We finished the job and I am proud of that!

“There were quite a few tensions in Egypt at the time. The locals warned me that it was not safe and that I might have to leave. I remember thinking ‘they are exaggerating’. But I was wrong, because in 2009 the war began in Egypt and I was still there. The hotel next to us was on fire, we heard guns, there had been an outbreak in prison and thousands of men were rioting in the streets. Our hotel was guarded by tanks and the cook made Molotov cocktails from beer bottles from the bar to protect us. We waited for a quiet moment to leave. Two days later, that moment arrived: it was a bit quieter and we left with all the foreigners present in a column of 3 cars. When we arrived in Cairo, we were surrounded by a crowd with shotguns and bats. They were locals protecting their properties. Fortunately, they saw we were foreigners, let us pass and we were able to get to the airport. Bemo managed to arrange a ticket for me and I have never been so happy to be home again in my life!”

Port Said Egypt

Hong Kong Cruise Terminal:
Sebastiaan: “The next project was in Hong Kong. The first time I went there for four and a half months; it was a project in a Cargo Terminal at the airport. We installed a unique earthquake-proof rail system on seven floors. Shortly after, in January, we had the chance to do a second project in Hong Kong, this time for a Cruise Terminal. We laid rails commissioned by a Spanish company. In addition to work, leisure time in Hong Kong was also unique. It is a diverse and international city and I had a fantastic time there! I remember going to a “Rugby 7” match with a group of colleagues and acquaintances; we were able to get cheap tickets at the door. We had seats right behind the goal and I caught a ball. It was broadcast on TV! It was such a unique experience and the atmosphere was great!”

Hong Kong Cruise Terminal

Marocco:
Sebastiaan: “I spent a year and a half in Tangier to oversee the construction of a port rail system. We helped build the largest container terminal in Africa there. This project was the icing on the cake. What Bemo does is very special, and the confidence Bemo has always placed in my abilities is also very special. Just like my colleagues, I am always ready and willing to take on any challenge. I went to Morocco with colleagues Mark and Marcel and it was great. Sometimes lonely, too, but the experience helped shape me. I am very proud of that project.

Sebastiaan in Tanger, Marocco.

Sebastiaan: “I think that in the coming years we will become even bigger and better than we already are. I want to continue to use my experience to take the projects on site to a higher level.”

Golden Jubilee – Arno Logman, Head of Shunting Department

Arno has honed and developed his skills at Bemo Rail for the past 33 years. He is one of the most loyal employees a company could desire, and an expert in his field.

He started as a trainee at Bemo Rail in 1986. During his internship, he helped build the first locomotive in our Waarland workshop. Arno became a full employee at Bemo Rail in 1987, when he started as a mechanic. In 1992, he was asked by Mr. Ter Mors to pick up the shunting preparation in the office. Over the years, Arno has grown into his current position as manager of the Shunting department.

Arno: “I would describe my time at Bemo as very diverse and dynamic: from the 24-year-old mechanic who once started at Bemo, I have come a long way to where I am now. I am very proud of that and the position Bemo Rail has created for itself in the current market! We deliver our product with great success to the petrochemical sector, heavy industry and railways worldwide, and we serve a large group of appealing companies with our service and after sales. People sometimes say: ‘You’ve been there for so long!’ The reason is simple: new opportunities and challenges have always come up and I’ve been in a position to seize them.”

Locomotives
Arno: “The locomotives that we build today are no longer comparable to the locomotives of the past. The main changes are the ergonomic and environmental aspects. Basically, the locomotive is still a locomotive that is mostly driven by a diesel engine and pushes wagons back and forth. Only now you see that they are better accessible, due to a better, more modern and functional structure. The locomotives are many times tidier, more efficient and better structured than in the beginning. In addition, the locomotives are now equipped with a PLC control system, of course, which is a big difference compared to the early days. The structure of the machines is also quite different nowadays, due to changes to the welding and assembly processes, which are much more efficient than before. As a company, we are continuously innovating to make our locomotives and lorries as good, efficient, sustainable, and environmentally friendly as possible. We always strive to build the best machine possible.”

“A lot has happened over the years. The “designs” were sold to Stork RMO in 1993. Stork RMO was responsible for sales and Bemo Rail took care of the assembly. In addition, the focus for Bemo Rail was mainly on renting and selling used locomotives and maintaining them. The collaboration with Stork RMO was only of short duration. For a period of time, no locomotives were made at Bemo Rail. The construction of our Bemo locomotives started again in around 2005. The first “second generation” Bemo locomotives were made for Vopak, a Dutch multinational company located in Vlissingen, that stores and handles oil, chemicals and natural gas-related products. After 2005, the production was gradually expanded. Maintenance is still a very important activity; most locomotives are leased by our customers and the lease includes the maintenance of the machines. Right now, we are fully engaged in the production of a series of locomotives for Tata Steel, consisting of the rebuild of GE locomotives and four quench locomotives for an extinguishing track.”

Bemo Rail Shunting team in the workshop with the GE locomotive for Tata Steel

Early 90s Suriname
Arno Logman: “We did a special project in the 1990s in the jungle of Suriname. It was a development project commissioned by the Dutch government. We had to install a korjaal transfer installation for the village of Diitabiki (Drietabbetje). A korjaal is a Surinamese boat, which resembles a canoe. We flew there with a former drug plane (as the story goes).” Diitabiki is a Ndyuka village in the Sipaliwini District of Suriname. Diitabiki is the home of the Gaanman of the Ndyuka people. (Source: Wikipedia.)

Arno Logman: “We installed a lorry there that was winched into the water, so that the korjaal can sail on it. This was needed to circumvent the rapids and provide the villages beyond the rapids with goods such as food and fuel. In practice, the goods were unloaded from the korjaal onto the truck and it was then lifted up the hill. On the other side of the river, the goods could then be loaded into another korjaal and form there be transported further.”

Project for the Sultan of Brunei, 1996
Arno: “In 1996, we received an order for a project from the Sultan of Brunei (Brunei Shell LNG), a country in Southeast Asia. The project involved two phases. First, the extension of a jetty with a 500m track construction for which we supplied the rail parts; they laid the rails themselves. The second phase was the delivery of tailor-made, battery-driven electric Bemo passenger cars, to ride on rail (ATEX version). The cars transport the maintenance people from the factory on shore to the ship and vice versa. LNG is loaded into the ship over the jetty of now 4.5 km long, out into the sea. Later on, two extra lorries were shipped to Brunei.”

Arno Logman, Teun Druijf and client in Brunei.

Roland Garros Stadion

Bemo Rail is proud to be part of the unique construction of the retractable roof at the Roland Garros Stadium in Paris. The roof construction moves over a rail when it is opend and closed, the rail, type A150, is supplied by Bemo Rail. The rail is also attached with rail clips supplied by Bemo Rail.

The Stade Roland-Garros is the center court during the annual Grand Slam tennis tournament in May and June. The 90-year-old stadium has been renovated for 80% to continue to meet the set requirements and to also be able to play during bad weather conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The animation video below gives an impression of the renovation:

 

Start project Boskalis Sweden

Next week we start a very nice project in Stockholm (Sweden) at Boskalis. It concerns 2 x 430 m new construction crane track type A120, on continuous plate cement-based grouting mortars. The work is carried out in cooperation with Stabirail.

Unloading cranes that will drive over the Bemo crane tracks will contribute to supplying Stockholm in particular. A city that grows annually with 45,000 people. A project to be proud of!