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Issue 1 Autumn 2015


IN THIS ISSUE • Modulift-IMES Joint Venture • Spreader Beams for BP Project • Meet Our New Recruits • Lift of the Year • Message from the MD



Message from the Managing Director First Lift of the Year competition underway, as Issue 1 of Below the Hook reaches Modulift’s global community. elcome to the first edition of Below the Hook, the Modulift magazine, which will initially be published three times a year, every autumn (fall), winter and spring.


As I’ve said in my newly launched blog—you can read my monthly posts at—content marketing has been the focal point of many a meeting at Modulift recently. This magazine is one item on our new bookshelf of content that addresses our audiences in a variety of formats.

I’m delighted to use this first edition to launch our Lift of the Year competition. To enter, simply send us a picture of Modulift below-the-hook equipment at work during 2015.

CONTACT US: T: +44 (0)1202 621 511 E:

Perhaps that is a bad choice of metaphor as a reader goes to a bookshelf to select their reading material. The focus of our content marketing campaigns is researching where our audiences are hanging out and producing quality content and information to address them at those places. It looks like we found you here! The lifting equipment industry, like many of the sectors we serve, is very traditional in its quest for knowledge and information, which is why we have launched this digital product in a format that many of you are familiar with. We have an extensive database of OEMs, distributors, end users and others, all of whom have received this first edition and will continue to be sent future issues of Below the Hook, the Modulift magazine. I’m delighted to use this first edition to launch our Lift of the Year competition. To enter, simply send us a picture of Modulift below-the-hook equipment at work during 2015 and explain why it should win the first ever Lift of the Year award. We’ll announce the winner—and their prize—in the next edition. Enjoy Issue 1 of Below the Hook! Sarah Spivey Managing Director

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 5 - 7 Oct Exhibiting at Seatrade Offshore Marine and Workboats, Abu Dhabi 25 - 28 Oct Exhibiting at Breakbulk Middle East, Abu Dhabi

Stand - U11 Stand - E44

2 - 4 Sep Speaking and exhibiting with Bullivants at The Crane Industry Council of Australia’s (CICA) conference, Perth 8 - 11 Sep Visiting Offshore Europe, Aberdeen 23 - 25 Sep Exhibiting at SC&RA Crane & Rigging Workshop, Denver, Colorado, USA


Stand - 72

4 - 5 Nov Exhibiting at the KHL World Crane & Transport Summit, Amsterdam


9 - 12 Nov Visiting ADIPEC, Abu Dhabi, UAE


11 - 12 Nov Exhibiting at LEEA’s LiftEx, Liverpool

Stand - 45

and exhibiting at LEEA Lifting & Rigging Conference Middle East, Dubai 14 - 15 Dec Speaking #BelowtheHook @ModuliftUK


Below-the-Hook Joint Venture to Target Oil, Gas and Heavy Lift Sectors new joint venture has been formed to address growing pressure on those responsible for the application of lifting equipment to spread resources whilst constantly improving safety and efficiency, a trend fuelled by ongoing cost-cuts in the oil and gas sector. Modulift, a supplier of spreader beams, lifting beams and other below-the-hook equipment, has combined with engineering consultancy and inspection specialist, IMES (Inspection Monitoring Engineering Solutions), to form Lift Management Services (LMS).


With many oil and gas firms, already under intense pressure, experiencing further disruption to their supply chain due to problems associated with suppliers, LMS will provide a full below-the-hook service for companies looking for management of their lifting project from start to finish.

products, all of which have excelled in demanding applications presented by the construction, oil and gas, power generation and utilities industries, and more. Rod Buchan, executive chairman, IMES, said: “This new market offering is all about safety and efficiency. It incorporates all the relevant risk assessment and traceability elements, while also complying with all regulatory and legislative requirements.” Spivey concluded: “We’re delighted to be working with IMES in a venture that underlines the reputation both companies have built over many years for offering the very best products and services, typified by innovation and a forward thinking approach to the application of below-the-hook lifting equipment.” ■

“The Lift Management Services partnership reflects the growing demand for a comprehensive, consultative, in-depth service,” said Sarah Spivey, managing director, Modulift. “As lifting projects grow in scale and ambition, so does the need for a careful and complete planning and execution process below-the-hook, and that’s where we believe this joint venture comes into its own.” Customers in the oil and gas market are standout beneficiaries of the inauguration of LMS but the business will address equally pressured end users, contractors and consultancy firms across the world, particularly where applications require spreader beams, lifting beams or lifting frames to be designed, supplied and used as part of a project. Both companies boast a wealth of experience and a global portfolio of high profile success stories. Modulift will design and supply the lifting equipment, combined with the engineering consultancy and inspection expertise of IMES, as the joint venture presents economic advantages and a solution to skills shortages that are increasingly prevalent in the current climate. LMS offers customers a team of highly trained lifting engineers, project consultants, rigging planners and onsite support, complemented by fully-certified and approved


Issue 1 Autumn 2015

IN THIS ISSUE • Comment from the Managing Director • Modulift-IMES Joint Venture • Something else



Modulift will design and supply the lifting equipment, combined with the engineering consultancy of IMES.

MODULIFT at ExxonMobil’s Busiest Offshore Rig: Modulift designed and manufactured two 550t spreader beams for the offshore transportation and installation of pre-assembled units onto floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels for a project off the west coast of Africa. As the project was executed on ExxonMobil’s busiest rig, which was to continue operating throughout the process, the spreaders were scrutinised at every stage to ensure the highest quality build to minimise risk during operation.


Modulift’s continued dedication to the oil and gas industry can be seen through its work with high profile companies like ExxonMobil, BP, Shell and Saudi Aramco on landmark projects such as Pluto LNG for Woodside Petroleum in Australia. The below-the-hook equipment manufacturer also works with many contractors such as Saipem, Weldex, Technip, Aker Solutions, Atlas Copco, Mammoet and Al Jaber. ■

What would you like to see on the cover of the next edition of Below the Hook?



PEOPLE NEWS Liam Botting Joins Modulift from Maritime Industry iam Botting has outlined his goals after joining Modulift as new business development manager in early July. Liam, who has spent the past four years as business development manager for a maritime security company, will use a wealth of experience to ensure he achieves them.

L New recruit Liam Botting brings to Modulift a wealth of experience from the maritime sector.

He told Below the Hook: “Ultimately, my long-term goal is to become a key member of staff whose ideas and input are sought after and highly regarded as a lifting and below-the-hook equipment expert.”

Liam was first introduced to Modulift this spring when overseeing a marine project. He said: “My first impressions were that it was a very successful, professional and friendly company that looked like one I would enjoy working for. As a client of my previous employer, Modulift was easy to work with, communicated well and was considered a key account, which also contributed to that positive first impression.” The emphasis Modulift places on customer service was another key factor in Liam committing his future to the manufacturer.

“I have been in customer relations-type roles throughout my career, which has spanned a number of industries,” he said. “In my last role, I led tender projects for oil majors; managed a team of sales staff and global field account managers; developed customer relationships; and developed new business opportunities.” Liam has earmarked the wind, wave and tidal sector as a hotbed of potential, both within the UK and globally. He said: “With the UK being the global hub of this relatively new industry, and with exciting new projects such as the Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay and Navitus Bay wind farm, Modulift is perfectly situated to provide an important service.” Liam’s experience with tenders will also come to the fore as he looks to win orders for numerous landmark projects currently in the pipeline, while increasing business from existing customers through effective client management, regular contact and site visits. ■ • Meanwhile, Mindy Edwards has joined Modulift’s production team where she replaces Tom Cox, who has been promoted to the role of production supervisor. Mindy said: “I spent the previous eight years at a precision engineering company that made aerospace parts and worked extensively with the oil and gas industry. Learning new products is always a challenge, so I’m keen to get stuck in!”

Spreaders for BP Project odulift has supplied 27 spreader beams and other below-the-hook equipment to oil and gas specialist Alderley for the Shah Deniz Stage 2 BP project in Azerbaijan.


The spreaders, which range in capacity from 5t to 100t and spans from 1.5m to 10m, will be used for lifting the skids. The final units were delivered in June, including the slings to be used for rigging. The work provided by Alderley includes one of the largest export gas metering systems ever to be built at its Gloucestershire, UK facility. At nearly 40m-long the gas export skid will be shipped in several sub-skid elements, ready for reassembly on site. The largest system is exactly 39.7m long, 14.7m wide, 9.3m high and weighs 420t. It will be broken into seven skids for shipping. Alderley passed onto Modulift the Shah Deniz Stage 2 project specifications originally provided by BP, which included material certification 3.1; test procedures; non-destructive testing (NDT) procedures; proof load testing (2 x SWL); rig drawings; and much more.

The spreaders will be used during the transport and installation of the skids, in conjunction with a crane to lift them into position. Culshaw explained that this could be onto the back of a vehicle at Alderley’s site or positioning for final installation at the Shah Deniz site. Culshaw added: “This sort of order is perfect for us because Alderley came to us at such an early stage. We had the chance to visit their site and see the equipment whilst it was still in fabrication. This is vital as it can give us an insight into any potential problems or extra requirements for the lifts. Due to this early involvement we were able to design the lifting rigs from the ground up which is better for both us and the customer as timescale and budget can be reduced.” The order for spreader beams is one of the largest Modulift has received from the oil and gas sector, bucking the trend in an industry that is facing significant cost cuts. ■

Anthony Culshaw, senior design engineer, Modulift, said: “In the UK we are the only company who could have fulfilled such an order due to the stringent requirements of the project specifications and the sheer size of the order.”




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