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19 October 2008

MENCK Receives First Annual Ben C. Gerwick Award

MENCK, an Acteon company, is proud to announce that it is the first recipient of the annual Ben C. Gerwick award for innovation in design and construction of marine works for its (MUP) MENCK underwater powerpack deepwater pile driving system.

The MENCK deepwater system has set record after record in deep water foundation pile driving, to date having driven piles as deep as 1,929m (6,329ft) with goals of going further. Utilizing a MHU hydraulic pile driving hammer, the system includes a special powerpack attached directly to the hammer and a custom-made umbilical system. Delivering electric power at the hammer reduces the size and weight of the umbilical cable which connects the hammer to the surface.

“This innovation enables efficient energy transfer to the hammer, easier handling of the umbilical and reduces environmental risk,” says Pieter van Luipen, senior project manager at MENCK.

The award, designed to recognize outstanding achievement in marine construction, is named after the late Ben C. Gerwick Jr., renowned civil engineer and pioneer in maritime construction. Heerema Marine Contractors nominated MENCK and after careful consideration by the international panel, MENCK was given the award at a ceremony in San Francisco in September.

“It was an honor to receive this award which represents the technology and quality that MENCK stands for,” said Pieter van Luipen, who accepted the award on behalf of MENCK. “We continue to push the limits of offshore pile driving.”

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