Braid Projects were hired to move a set of Blowout Preventers (BOP) from supplier site in Houston, TX to port of Xingang, China. Our scope of services included transport of the BOPs from site to port, vessel loading, ocean freight arrangement, and export Customs formalities.
The challenge faced during this shipment was related to the hoist rings for lifting of the BOP body. Unfortunately, only one set of hoist rings were ordered for both BOP bodies; there was not time to order a second set of lifting lugs and still make the intended vessel schedule. Braid Projects solved the challenge by purchasing and supplying the tools required to remove the lugs from the first BOP body once loaded to the vessel, and place them to the second BOP body. The lifting lugs were then torqued to 800ft-lbs before lifting. Braid Projects was proactive in supplying the tools in a timely manner, allowing the terminal crew to perform the lift operations without incident and for the cargo to make the intended vessel. The customer was pleased with our solution and very happy that the cargo made the intended sailing, avoiding schedule delay and additional costs.