After leasing Amarcon’s Portable Surveyor Box for several weeks, Smit Heavy Lift Europe B.V. decided to purchase OCTOPUS-Onboard for the installation on her Smit Taklift 4 vessel. Where the Portable Surveyor Box is used to monitor and advice in one-time-only projects, OCTOPUS-Onboard is a permanent centralized solution for wave and motion monitoring.
In general it is also the ideal tool for route planning and optimization of speed, heading and fuel consumption in every weather condition, onboard of any sea going vessel.
The Smit Taklift 4 Heavy Lift vessel is mainly used for transport and heavy lift purposes during offshore operations. With the installation of OCTOPUS-Onboard, the Smit Taklift 4 vessel profits from Heavy Weather Decision Support by making use of the Nowcasting Weather Forecast service. Furthermore, an interface with the Datawell wave buoy shall be installed. This makes it possible to measure the height of the waves that surround the ship. By doing this a clear time window can be obtained for the operation in progress.
In this way clients of Smit Heavy Lift Europe B.V. also profit directly from Amarcon’s expertise. With OCTOPUS-Onboard installed on the Smit Taklift 4, offshore operations are executed with far more safety and efficiency then in the past. The benefits are clear: optimal use of man and machine in a safe environment, leading to significant cost reductions.
Source: Smith Heavy Lift, December 9, 2010;