Sparrows, OptiLift collaborate on lifting technology

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK Sparrows Group and Norwegian firm OptiLift have formed a strategic partnership to deliver robot vision laser technology that aims to improve the up-time of lifting operations.

Traditionally, decisions about lifting in harsh weather are based on wave height, but OptiLift’s Motion Reporter collects real-time vessel movements, which identify the actual wave height on deck. Wave height often varies significantly on different parts of the vessel.

This data helps crews to make informed decisions about safely continuing lifting operations and avoiding unnecessary costly delays.

The Motion Reporter uses a laser and camera to automatically generate 3D models of supply vessels without any sensors or instrumentation required to be on the vessel itself.

As part of the agreement, Sparrows Group will distribute, install, and maintain the Motion Reporter on behalf of OptiLift.

“The Motion Reporter can change the norm of lifting operations in harsh environments, allowing operators to undertake the loading and discharging of cargo quickly and securely, without having to wait for days to know it’s safe to do so,” Camilla Nylund, general manager at OptiLift.

11/04/2015

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