“IT’S GREAT HOW THE FOCUS ON SAFETY STIMULATES INNOVATIVE THINKING.”
Arnoud Roels, general manager Near Shore & Repairs VBMS
“To sink cables, we were working with wet riggers who cut the buoys loose under water at the moment that there was no current. Looking for a safer method, we came up with a system in which the fl oat disconnects from the cable by itself.
This patented remotely operated buoyancy release mechanism (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYF6F_evq8M) is safer, faster and therefore cheaper, sustainable and strengthens our competitive position. It’s great how the focus on safety stimulates innovative thinking.”
I expect a lot from this:
“This innovation came about because the client did not want to work with wet riggers. That was the trigger. What I hope, and expect, is that NINA will become our own trigger. NINA can be a game changer because if safety is more ‘from within’, you look at things with new eyes.”
This is what I stand for:
“Support. Before starting an important operation, I call the project leader to ask if everything is well prepared, or if there are still points of concern and most of all if he needs anything else that I can contribute. I call after the operation to talk about it. I did already do this, at least, if I had time. Now I make time for it.”