Offshore rig

Sparrows Group and Norway-based OptiLift have joined forces to deliver new robot vision laser technology in a bid to enhance the up-time of lifting operations.

OptiLift’s motion reporter technology has the capability to collect real-time vessel movements that can identify the actual wave height on deck, which usually keeps changing on various parts of the vessel.

Using this data, crews will be able to make informed decisions with regard to safe continuation of lifting operations and also prevent unnecessary and expensive delays.

The technology works using a laser and camera that automatically generate 3D models of supply vessels without the need for any sensors or instrumentation on-board.

"The technology works using a laser and camera that automatically generate 3D models of supply vessels without the need for any sensors or instrumentation on-board."

Under the agreement, Sparrows Group is set to distribute, install and also maintain the motion reporter on behalf of OptiLift.

Sparrows Group CEO Stewart Mitchell said: "Joining forces with OptiLift significantly enhances our capabilities because they have developed a huge innovation in lifting technology.

"OptiLift’s Motion Reporter could dramatically increase operational efficiency, especially in harsh environments where having the ability to mitigate the risk of the weather delaying your lifting operations is absolutely invaluable."

According to OptiLift, the motion reporter technology has the capability to change lifting operations in harsh environments and allows operators to perform loading and discharging of cargo quickly.


Image: The motion reporter technology can collect real-time vessel movements. Photo: courtesy of num_skyman/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.