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e4 goes global

Tuesday, 30th September 2008 | Posted by: Penny McKenna
On the 24th July e4 electrical received a long-distance call from Amsterdam; Lexmar Engineering needed expert assistance to meet a project deadline. “Would it be possible to provide an industrial electrician with the knowledge and skill base to work on the installation and commissioning on a brand new ship the DSV Toisa Paladin” – “Not a problem” was the answer, realizing the urgency of the job, Managing Director Allan Hickey quickly put the word out to his staff and within minutes Dion Horgan put his hand up to go. Within 24 hours e4 had confirmed they could help and within a few days Dion was flying to Amsterdam. For the next 31 days Dion along with staff from over 10 different nationalities worked, lived and eat aboard the 110m long ship. After only being their for a week, it became clear to Lexmar Engineering they had the right man for the job, and felt confident enough to confirm that the ship would be ready by the final deadline.

Dion considers this project an “opportunity of a lifetime”, working on a ship built with the purpose of traveling the globe providing underwater construction. The DSV Toisa Paladin is equipped complete with the latest dynamic positioning technology and has its own heli-deck. “At first the language barrier was a bit difficult, with so many different nationalities working on board from Croatians to Polish, but over time, one word became common – Rustig – in dutch means “Take It Easy”.

To ensure the project was completed on time and in the spirit of teamwork, Allan flew to Amsterdam, prior to Dion continuing on to be involved with the final testing sea trial of the complete dive system.