The companies of Ulstein and TTS joined forces in providing 3D motion compensated cranes to the offshore industry, the TTS Colibri™ series. The Colibri™ technology comprises a compact, efficient 3D motion-compensated handling system for the purpose of increasing vessel operability, enabling smaller, more cost-effective vessels to be used in harsher weather conditions.
The first TTS ColibriTM is contracted for an offshore wind vessel owned by Louis Dreyfus Armateurs.
Three aspects make the TTS ColibriTM unique compared to other solutions in the market:
- The Ulstein-developed, award-winning, ColibriTM motion compensation system is a stand-alone add-on device to a standard offshore crane. It adds functionality, while the crane maintains its functionality as a full-fledged offshore crane including deepwater subsea capabilities.
- The system is mounted on the tip of a standard crane as a new-build option, or retrofit.
- Its ground-breaking anti-sway technology, mitigating wind induced motions acting directly on the load.
TTS ColibriTM cranes come in a range of 3 different sizes: 1 mT, 3 mT and 7 mT.
3D motion-compensation technology is not new to the industry and has enabled greater operability for personnel transfer between vessels and fixed offshore platforms through the use of motion-compensated gangways. Operations typically require both personnel and items to be transferred between vessel and platform. Hence, the natural step in enhanced vessel operability has been motion-compensated lifting to match the increased operability offered by compensated gangways.