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About us

iPS offers employment of multinational personnel worldwide. Since 1988, iPS has been supplying personnel to the international Maritime and Dredging industry and is renowned as a qualified point of contact. Over the years iPS has expanded its expertise into other sectors which include Offshore, Oil & Gas and Tunnelling. Bringing people together in these industries is what we do. We are dedicated to build relationships.

iPS – Powerful People’s headquarters is in Capelle aan den IJssel, near Rotterdam, the Netherlands and we also have a wide range of overseas offices and agencies in, amongst others, the UK, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Germany and Lithuania. Thanks to our immense international network, iPS is able to offer solutions for personnel problems and get the job done. Always.

Our projects

Gemini

From Nov 2015 till Nov 2016

Through human inventiveness, the Dutch have lived and prospered on wind for centuries. The wind has been blowing with astounding power for thousands of years. This power offers Gemini an unique opportunity to refocus on wind as  a  power supply for the Netherlands.

The Gemini offshore wind park in the Dutch North Sea is to be one of the world’s largest wind farms, both in terms of size as well as production.

Gemini is being built on two locations close to each other and the official names of the locations are ‘Buitengaats’ and ‘Zee-energie’. With 150 turbines located 85 kilometres north of the Groningen coast, Gemini will generate energy in a region of the North Sea that has some of the world’s highest and consistent wind speeds.

Powerful results

Once Gemini is operational in 2017, the wind farm will generate clean, endless renewable wind energy for 1.5 million people in the Netherlands.
Moreover, Gemini will make a significant contribution towards achieving the Netherlands and European Union’s renewable energy targets. It is anticipated that the wind farm will reduce the Netherlands’ CO₂ by 1.25 million tons per year. This will enable Gemini to play an important role in the global transition towards a more sustainable future.

Biggest in funding

The Gemini Wind Park is the biggest renewable energy project in the world that is funded on a project basis. This form of funding means that the parties providing loans only have the project and project revenues as security. They have thus no recourse to the owners of the wind farm, which means that the banks set high demands on the quality of the project. Gemini passed the strictest tests with flying colours, partly due to our powerful people. Banks from three continents have placed their trust in Gemini.

On the spot

Aleksandr Ananko, Rigger foreman at Gemini, adds, “My responsibility is to organise the work on deck, ensure that the Riggers did their work correctly and, if necessary, assist them. I really enjoy working for iPS, and I would be happy to continue to work with them in the future”.

Dmitrij Avdejev, Rigger foreman at Gemini, says that his most exciting and interesting job was when iPS introduced him to the energy industry. “I worked on the sphere of wind mills. While working in this industry, I found a lot of interesting things. It’s good to see that the professionalism of the teams is improving and growing. It pleases me to work in a team like iPS”.

Suez Canal

From Jan 2013 till Dec 2014

The maritime industry is almost as old as the Egyptian history itself. From an early age, Egyptians were exploring and looking for the shortest routes to get there. The Suez Canal is a very good example of this and it is the key waterway connecting the Mediterranean to the Red Sea. Opened 17 November 1869, after 10 years of construction, it allows ships to travel between Europe and South Asia without navigating around Africa thereby reducing the sea voyage distance between Europe and India by about 7,000 kilometres. 

The New Suez Canal project, which will minimise the amount of time ships spend crossing the current Canal, involved the construction of a 35-kilometer canal parallel to the current Canal.

Additionally, the Suez Canal was made deeper and wider to admit larger ships. This aspect of the project has been completed and was launched in early August 2015. But was not the end of the project. In the long-run, the project also aims to develop the entire region surrounding the Suez Canal, turning the strategic waterway into a comprehensive global business centre which will provide maritime transport services. The services include repairing ships, refuelling, towing and rescuing, painting & cleaning ships and loading and unloading them. The project will see the creation of industrial and logistical centres, as well as centres for packing and packaging. As part of the project, ports will be launched at the entrances of the Canal to put Egypt on the global supply chain map.

Funding method

The cost of creating a parallel waterway by a dredging consortium for US$ 1.5 billion and additional works at a cost of around US$6.8 billion was raised by the Egyptian government within six days by issuing five-year investment certificates at an interest rate of 12 percent. This is the highest interest rate for this type of scheme.

Affecting the world trade traffic

The new parallel canal contributes to the doubling of the size of the Suez Canal. Around 97 ships are expected to cross the Canal  daily  by 2023, while the number of ships crossing the canal   daily   before the project was launched was approximately 49. The Suez Canal can accommodate all kinds of ships, especially giant oil tankers, and cuts down on traffic time, thereby saving costs. iPS was proud to be part of this prestigious project.

Closer look

For this project iPS provided numerous Camp-bosses for several accommodation barges. 

Australian Michael O’Brien was a Camp-boss on the accommodation barge the “Bellini” which was used during the project. The Belllini has a capacity of 82 cabins together with recreational spaces, offices, workstations and meeting rooms.

Michael, “I found it a challenging position, mainly due to the number of nationalities that were accommodated on the barges, trying to maintain a sense of order & harmony amongst so many different nationalities, religions, & demographics of people was not only challenging, but most of the time rewarding and enjoyable.

Dealing with the catering crew had its own challenges, the local work force were at most times a pleasure to work with, but on occasion could be difficult as well. The Dredging crews & associated vessels were very understanding during trying times, just as long as you kept them informed of situations and didn’t ignore requests. If you greeted them with a smile & hello after they returned from shift they would return you with a pleasant greeting. Overall a very enjoyable experience”

Crossrail

From Nov 2015 till Nov 2016

London has always been a successful trading city. Because of this success, London was getting busier and busier and it took too much time to get around town. The solution for a smooth transportation system: ‘Crossrail’ The creation of a brand new subterranean rail link beneath the heart of London. It consists of twin tunnels running parallel from Paddington in the west, to Essex and Kent in the east. In addition stations at Victoria, Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street, Whitechapel and Farringdon were upgraded to allow more efficient passenger flow.

The project funded by the UK government has a value of almost £15 Billion. "Crossrail will add at least £20 billion to the economy and employ some 10,000 people during the lifetime of the project”.

The twin tunnels have a combined length of 42 Kms with an excavated diameter of 7.1 metres, around 5 million tons of 55 million year old London clay has been excavated and will be used to create a new nature reserve at Wallasea Island.

In total nearly 70 million working hours have been completed on the Crossrail programme so far, with the project employing over 10,000 people across more than 40 worksites throughout London and the south-east.

iPS is proud to have been included in the supply chain for this prestigious project. Over a three year period we have supplied specialists for a range of activities within the project such as the TBM tunnelling, SCL Excavations and Mechanical & Electrical installations. 

Bangalore Metro

From Nov 2015 till Nov 2017

India is on the move. Its habitants are hardworking people who are trying to do business all over town, at a high pace. And because Bangalore is the second biggest city in the most crowded place on earth, a solution for efficient public transport was needed. It was time for Namma Metro (literally: Our Metro).
The on-going metro project in the Indian city started in 2013. It will create the first underground section of the Bangalore metro thereby supplementing the already running elevated sections. Phase two is being planned as you read which will be involving about 12 kilometers of further tunnelling.

During the project, one Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) encountered unexpected geological structures causing aggravated wear to crucial components. The TBM became stuck in the ground beneath the in and out railway lines of Bangalore main station. iPS was consulted and asked to find a solution to the problem and restart the TBM. The procedure adopted was to create a shaft to the side of the railway lines and a short tunnel back to the TBM, big enough to push the TBM through into the shaft where the cutter head could be replaced and major repairs undertaken.

In August 2015 the TBM was in the final stages of refurbishment and  was relaunched in September. The excavation of the final 630 meters is hoped to be completed by January 2016 and will be undertaken by a joint venture between iPS and Drillcon Infrastructure Ltd., an Indian contractor with significant tunnelling experience.

Elbedüker

From Nov 2015 till Nov 2017

Germany is always on the move and is known for its modern, high quality and spot-on production. As the quality standards are extremely high, it comes as no surprise that (in Northern Germany, near Hamburg) an existing pipeline network is being modernized. iPS was chosen to provide qualified staff for this project.

The purpose of the new construction is mainly to serve as a carrier for two high-pressure gas pipelines of 750 mm diameters. These pipelines play a very important role within the pan-European gas network and contribute not only to the gas supply for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, but also to the Scandinavian market.      

The breakthrough utilizing a micro-tunnelling machine, used by Dutch contractor A-Hak Drillcon, has closed a decisive gap in the construction of the two new gas pipelines. The 1.5-kilometer route runs up to depths of 35 meters under the Elbe through various, complex geological zones. After tunnelling for a total of 112 days the Elbedüker project was mastered just in time to celebrate Saint Barbara’s feast day – the patron saint of tunnel builders and miners.             

The tunnel was driven by a pipe-jacking process from Hetlingen to the target shaft on Lühesand Island on the Elbe. The diverse geology ranged from sandy gravel soil with stones through layers of boulder clay. Everyone involved was aware of the huge technical challenges associated with the construction. 

We create

The iPS Consultants/Recruiters have the relevant experience and connections in our markets to select the best professionals. We understand the demands of our clients and we care about the needs of our candidates. With our vast pool of international candidates, worldwide connections and knowledge of the industry, we are committed to find the perfect match for both the client and the candidate. You can see us as a valuable partner within an ongoing relationship. 

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What can you expect of iPS?

High global and personal service, transparency, qualified temporary workers, flexible and professional staffing solutions, 24/7 responsiveness and full cross-border payroll services.
 

Global staffing solutions

 
iPS is the leading source for staffing solutions in all aspects of our industries. iPS has experience in recruiting highly qualified personnel with experience from a single specialist to a full team. Our consultants are able to attract qualified personnel to select and send out from every corner of the world.

Industry Associations

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