Again SMST knuckle boom crane for Van Oord


Recently, 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 for equipping the vessel for Van Oord with their renowned crane.

With this delivery SMST is again equipping a cable layer of Van Oord with a main 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”, says 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 for the Calypso has a newly designed boom configuration for an increased outreach, suiting the larger dimensions of the green cable-layer. “We returned to SMST for an offshore crane that enables to lay heavy and long export cables. Since the deployment of the Nexus, the vessel has successfully finalized multiple cable installation projects, with reliable support of the SMST crane”, adds Gerry Mensink, Project Manager at Van Oord, “The addition of the smart auxiliary jib will increase the efficiency of our lifting operations significantly.”

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