Sparrows Group and Norwegian firm OptiLift have formed a strategic partnership to deliver cutting-edge robot vision laser technology, which will dramatically improve the up time of lifting operations.

Traditionally decisions about lifting in harsh weather are based on significant wave height but OptiLift’s Motion Reporter collects real time vessel movements that identify the actual wave height on deck, which often varies by several metres on different parts of the vessel. Having possession of this important data means crews can make informed decisions about safely continuing lifting operations and avoiding unnecessary costly delays.

Stewart Mitchell, chief executive officer of Sparrows Group, 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.”

Camilla Nylund, General Manager at OptiLift added: “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.”