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Offshore Winches and Hoisting Equipment for the Marine Industry

Parc d'activité du Vert Galant,
5, avenue du Vert Galant,
95046 Cergy Pontoise Cedex,

Parc d'activité du Vert Galant,
5, avenue du Vert Galant,
95046 Cergy Pontoise Cedex,

marine solutions equipment

Starter manufactures electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic winches for vessels and rigs, including floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) units, pipe-layer vessels, supply boats, tug boats, oceanic vessels, dredging boats and barges.

Established in 1980, Starter has developed a range of high-level utility winches dedicated to offshore applications worldwide.

Winches for offshore applications

Starter’s range of hydraulic, air-operated and electric winches for adverse environments have lifting capacities up to 150t. Winches developed by STARTER can be mounted on-deck and under-deck.

Products manufactured by Starter include:

  • Lifting winches
  • Constant tension systems
  • Mooring winches
  • Spoolers
  • Survey and umbilical winches
  • Capstans
  • Windlasses
  • A-frames

Winches designed for offshore applications and marine environments

The expertise of Starter’s design department lies in the knowledge of the specific requirements of the offshore and marine industries. The company’s dedicated engineers create customized solutions and specialise in product conception and management.

A wide range of solutions from Starter’s standard product range are specially designed and manufactured according to the requirements of the client. The company’s product lines are built with the best components in the market. Parts such as motors, gearboxes, brakes and sensors are selected for their proven reliability.

Machinery design codes and standards

Starter’s experience, expertise and knowledge of its clients’ businesses gained over 30 years and its understanding of its design codes and standards, including CE Machinery Directives, FEM, DNV 2.22 lifting appliances, BV, ABS, LR, RINA and GL, allows the company to provide the best advice and solutions.

Starter’s manufacturing plants are ISO 9001-certified.

Offshore engineering expertise

Starter’s design department creates custom-built solutions and specialise in product conception and project management. The company’s calculation software and testing devices guarantees a high level of validation.

Starter’s manufacturing includes sheet metal working, welding, mechanics and hydraulic, air and electric power. Every part or component used is mastered, proven and certified.

From requirement analysis to production of the winch, Starter’s manufacturing teams help clients find the best solution for their needs.

Commissioning and after-sales services

Starter also provides commissioning, training and after-sales services, with a spare parts policy based on reliability and availability in order to suit demanding maintenance needs.

From solution design to maintenance through mock-up and installation, Starter’s team of dedicated engineers works with its clients and offers full support to their projects.

Multi-Purpose Lifting Winch with High Capacity

Suitable for lifting applications, Starter's electric, hydraulic and air motor-powered winches facilitate maintenance operations. They are available in standard version within short delivery times.

Winches and Handling Systems

STARTER is a designer and a manufacturer of standard and special winches, hoists and handling systems.

Barge Winches

Two main different ranges of barges are equipped with winches. On the one hand, the transportation barges; on the other hand, the working and handling barges. Winches functions and features are consequently very different to suit both ranges of barges.

How to Choose a Winch

Before you choose a winch, it is important to consider several key questions.

How to Choose the Right Rope for your Winch

The choice of rope for a winch has a significant impact on the safety of the handling facility and it is essential to consider it as the starting point for any sizing of a winch.


STARTER will be present to the EUROMARITIME exhibition, one of the most important European appointment of the maritime and fluvial economy.


Parc d'activité du Vert Galant

5, avenue du Vert Galant

95046 Cergy Pontoise Cedex