Offshore cranes face heavy load operations up to 10,000 Tons and environmental challenges that increase the risk of structural failures. The environmental and climatic challenges may range from weather conditions such as wind,corrosion due to humidity and salinity and/or vessel motion if installed on floating structures.
A structural failure of a large crane may unavoidably lead to serious damages or total collapses.Such accidents are followed by high financial losses and also potentially lead to serious injuries and/or fatalities. Examples like the collapse on a platform in the UK sector of the North Sea (2016) highlight the need for new solutions to implement a predictive maintenance of offshore cranes. Current inspections, performed once/twice a year are dangerous, time consuming and expensive.
The CraneScan project will address 4 key needs:
- Enhanced safety
- Downtime reduction
- Cost reductions (capital, maintenance and insurance).
CraneScan is an innovative, reliable, cost-effective structural health monitoring system (SHM) that continuously monitors the crane remotely. It automatically detects structural integrity failures before they lead to failures.
If deployed to all cranes world-wide, CraneScan will save the global crane industry €375 million annually and significantly reduce the failure of cranes by 25%.