Many offshore drilling rigs worldwide are approaching the end of their economic working life. This includes the Thames. When this occurs, they are dismantled (decommissioned). This is an enormous operation in which many factors must be taken into account. These include the environment, the financial situation, and also the technology required to make the operation a success. Boskalis and Scaldis were commissioned to dismantle the Thames platform. A single large ship must bring all the components to shore safely. Weldmij is supporting this major project with the quality controls necessary to detach all components from one another safely.