Delivery of SMST knuckle boom crane for Van Oord

SMST’s 100t active heave compensated knuckle boom crane, for Van Oord’s new cable-laying vessel Calypso, left the SMST premises exactly on schedule for delivery to the Vard Brattvaag yard in Norway. Vard, the major ship designer and shipbuilder, awarded SMST the contract to equip the vessel for Van Oord with the renowned crane.

“We are pleased to be part of this next ‘green’ generation vessel and are proud of our great cooperation with both VARD and Van Oord”, said Jan Eelke van der Meulen, Sales Manager at SMST. “For us, the delivery of this second crane is a testimony of proven quality and solid performance of the main crane on board the Nexus, first cable-laying vessel of Van Oord.”

The SMST crane has a newly designed boom configuration for increased outreach, suiting the larger dimensions of the Calypso (a green cable-layer). “SMST has provided an offshore crane that enables us to lay heavy and long export cables. Since the deployment of the Nexus, the vessel has successfully finalised multiple cable installation projects, with reliable support of the SMST crane”, added Gerry Mensink, Project Manager at Van Oord. “The addition of the smart auxiliary jib will increase the efficiency of our lifting operations significantly.”

SMST, situated in Drachten (The Netherlands), is an internationally oriented company that designs and builds offshore equipment. The SMST products cover a wide range of systems for access, lifting, drilling, pipe laying and specialist work.

Through the unique combination of the company’s in-house design and engineering expertise, production facilities, testing capacity, worldwide installation and service, SMST is able to deliver high quality engineering and product solutions that are developed to customer’s specifications.