Our Sensor Technology Operates From The Crane Boom Tip

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Reduced costs, increased safety, improved efficiency and reduced environmental footprint for offshore lifting and logistics handling.

Motion Reporter

  • Measures the relative heave-movement.
  • Enables less waiting for weather.
  • Helps avoid lifting in unsafe conditions.
  • Does not require instrumentation of the supply vessels.

Boom Tip Indicator

  • Shows where cargo will land
  • Helps crane operator avoid lifting with off-/sidelead angle.

Soft Lifting Assistant

  • Helps perform soft landing and lift-off.
  • Uses the actual heave movement to help timing of the lift.

People Detector

  • Detects people and dangerous situations.
  • Alerts crane operator.

Optimised Lifting Operations

Motion Reporter

Motion Reporter is a DNV GL-certified technology that measures the relative heave-movement between the supply vessel and the boom tip of the crane. These measurements can replace significant wave height that are used according to the traditional method. Using Motion Reporter, you will not only ensure less waiting for weather, but you can also avoid lifting in unsafe conditions.


Analysing vessel arrivals in 2016 and 2017 shows that the movements reported by Motion Reporter was on average 65% lower than what was reported by the wave radar. On the contrary, a few times the wave radar reported lower movements than the actual heave movement that occurred on the vessel.

Cost Savings

  • Less waiting on weather
  • Reduced rental time for equipment
  • Avoid re-entries and damage to equipment

Deck Planner

  • Shows location of CCUs in real-time.
  • Plans and communicates lifting sequences to the crane.
  • Sends events to subscribers on CCU movements.

CCU Tracker

  • Identifies and tracks CCU locations.
  • Shares CCU events with customer logistics system.
  • Highlights next lift and target location from the Crane Monitor


  • Takes birds-eye photos of loading decks.
  • Photos are updated on every crane operation.
  • CCU IDs are clearly printed on deck photos.

Crane Monitor

  • Shows the lifting tasks planned with the Deck Planner.
  • Highlights which CCU to lift, and exactly where to place it.
  • Shows special procedures for dangerous goods.

Effective Logistics Handling

Digital Logistics

Keep an overview of all cargo transits between onshore base, platforms, rigs and supply vessels. The Deck Planner allows easy overview of cargo and deck, and allows planning lift sequences with intuitive drag and drop interface in the web browser. The Crane monitor integrates with the Deck Planner, and shows the lifting sequences live on the screen. The sensor technology is automatically registering the location of the cargo on deck of the vessels and rigs. The location data can be integrated and automatically updated in the customer logistics system, and is shown in real-time in the Deck Planner. This will reduce the need for manual registrations and tagging of CCUs (Cargo Carrying Unit).


The cargo is tracked using computer vision, utilising unique features for each container, such as size, marks and corrosion. Similar methods are used in other industries for facial recognition and fingerprint identification. The containers do not need visual codes or letters, and no electronic tags are required.

Cost Savings

  • CCU-location is updated automatically in real-time
  • Fewer internal lifts on platforms and rigs
  • Better planning and actual execution of plans
  • Better utilisation of loading decks
  • Immediate alerts when goods arrive or are late
  • Avoid searching of goods
  • Avoid wrongful returns of goods

Horizon 2020

The mother company of Optilift; VOCA, has been granted support by the European Commmission through the SME Instrument. The vision of the Optilift project is to upscale, pilot and commercialise our unique toolset.

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Risks related to lifting operations

Half of the significant events in the oil- and gas industry are related to material handling or crane- and lifting operations. 10 out of 16 fatal accidents between 1994 and 2017 were related to crane- and lifting operations (helicopter accidents not included).

Our equipment improves the safety

  • Reduce the number of lifts with improved planning using Deck Planner
  • Avoid lifting with a side- or off-lead angle using the Boom Tip Indicator
  • Avoid overloading the crane using Motion Reporter
  • Alert when cargo is on collission course with people using the People Detector
  • Avoid re-entry and damaged goods using the Safe Lift Assistant and Motion Reporter

CO2 emissions related to sea transport

The CO2 emissions from a single supply vessel equals emission from 3000 cars on a yearly basis. A supply vessel emits approximately 900 kg CO2 per hour.

Reduce CO2 emissions

  • Less waiting on weather using the Motion Reporter
  • Fewer vessel transport hours by optimized deck utilisation with Deck Planner
  • Reduced fuel consumption from optimised sailing routes

What Customers Are Saying

– The Optilift Motion Reporter technology has at least once saved our client Ithaca up to a full day rate in costs, as the technology has made it possible for us to continue to load supply-goods from supply vessels – when we probably would have shut down rig operations without the information from the Optilift Motion Reporter

Bjarte Fadnes, Rig Manager at Odfjell Drilling

Optilift has proven throughout 2017 to be a very useful tool. On several occasions, the significant wave height reported from the control room was significantly higher than what Optilift reported as the actual movement on the specific part of the vessel deck. This has made it possible to perform a lot of lifts that would not have been possible without Optilift.

Håvard Smørdal, Operations at Dolphin Drilling

– We had a lift of 57 tonnes where we saved 20 days because the lift could be performed with up to 2,5 meter waveheight, compared to traditional 1 meter. Statistics show that it is approximately 10 times more days when these operations can be performed when the limit on wave heights is extended from one to 2,5 meters. In this single example we reduced costs in the order of 600 000 NOK per day, or somewhat above 10 MNOK for the entire operation, says Hetland.

Svein Harald Hetland, Technical Authority Crane and Lifting, Aker BP

“I am operating several cranes on our platform – one of them is without Motion Reporter, and I feel “blinded” without the Boom Tip Indicator – it improves my day-to-day effectiveness during lifting”

Fixed Platform

“We managed to get the BOP on-board as scheduled – this would not have been possible if it was not for the Motion Reporter”

Semi-Submersible Drilling Rig

“This winter, with Optilift, was actually the first winter we did not have problems with getting our cargo on board”

Floating Production and Storage Unit (FPSO)

Increase Safety — Reduce Costs