Bespoke gantry cranes for offshore vessel

By Niamh Marriott22 May 2023

Spliethoff has taken delivery of two tailor-made pipe handling gantry cranes from offshore lifting specialist KenzFigee for the company’s two new build multipurpose DP2 B-type vessels, named Brouwersgracht and Bloemgracht.

Each crane has a SWL capacity of 122 tonnes. (Photo: KenzFigee)

The two removable and automated pipe handling gantry cranes were specially developed and designed to improve the loading and discharging operations both on and offshore.

The cranes can move pipes from a pipe handling platform to a position in the cargo hold and vice versa. Each crane has a SWL capacity of 122 tonnes. The length of the crane is adjustable for handling single or double joint pipe lengths and able to handle multiple pipe dimensions.

The cranes have an anti-sway, semi-automatic movement system which enables them to operate unmanned in the cargo hold. They also boast a redundant power supply to improve reliability and availability and a special integrated interface with the hatch cover system to create more loading capacity.

“These specially designed and innovative automated pipe handling cranes presented many engineering challenges in the design and production phase. I’m therefore proud that our expert team has managed to meet Spliethoff’s operational needs and requirements. We wish Spliethoff and the crew of both vessels successful and safe operations”, said Maikel Takken, CEO of KenzFigee.

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