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First stabilisation device to enable rotation-free and rotation-controlled lifting and loading of cargo and goods by cranes or helicopters to make transportation more efficient, reliable and safe

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - YawSTOP (First stabilisation device to enable rotation-free and rotation-controlled lifting and loading of cargo and goods by cranes or helicopters to make transportation more efficient, reliable and safe)

Reporting period: 2017-01-01 to 2017-05-31

Offshore transportation is very challenging and occurs by supply vessels where each day costs about €100.000. The cargo needs to be lifted by cranes from the vessels to the offshore installations. Today, this occurs with the help of taglines (ropes) that shall help to keep control of the cargo and requires intensive briefing of the staff that needs to moor and hold the taglines. More than 13% of all accidents in the offshore industry are related to these kinds of lifting operations and work associations request to avoid the use of taglines.

Our YawSTOP solution will allow fully automatic lifting operations remotely controlled by one operator; no need for taglines and no endanger of offshore workers with up to 52% cost savings and up to 44% time savings for the lifting operation and cost savings of €50,000 per transport. Our YawSTOP solution is highly innovative and based on cutting-edge space technology. Currently, there exists no alternative solution in the market. YawSTOP will be the first product to address these industry-needs. It is a stabilisation device mounted to the crane rope that allow rotation-free and rotation-controlled lifting of cargo and goods based on gyro technology that is used in space to position satellites.

Our users will be operators of offshore installations (oil rigs, wind farms) and marine transportation services provider. Besides offshore transportation, there is enormous potential in other transportation sectors and in other industries – everywhere were cranes and helicopters are in use for transportation, construction, or manufacturing.

YawSTOP will aid solving the industrial and societal problems of improving efficiency and work safety, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution in transport, in particular in offshore/maritime lifting and logistics.

The objective of the SME Phase 1 project has been to make a feasibility study to verify the technological, practical and economic viability of our YawSTOP innovation.
During the SME Phase 1 project, we have performed an in-depth analysis of potential customers, markets, regulatory and standard requirements, IPR and new business partners. As a result, we have obtained an improved understanding of the users, the market, the potential of the business, and the partners and resources needed to undertake the SME Phase 2 innovation project. Major achievement is that we have identified three end-users across different industries (offshore/maritime, helicopter, and onshore) who are highly interested in testing our planned YawSTOP pilot in operational environment.
Fully automated lifting operations remotely controlled by one operator, no need for taglines, no endanger of workers, increased efficiency, more independent on weather conditions are major advancements on current state-of-the-art. Our end-users will benefit from major time and cost savings for lifting operations.
YawSTOP will contribute to the European transport and mobility goals defined in the 2011 Transport White Paper by increasing efficiency, improving work safety, and reducing CO2/NOx/SOx emissions from maritime bunker fuels.
A device for rotation-controlled Lifting and Loading of cargo and goods by Cranes and Helicopters
Rotation -controlled Lifting in Offshore Transport