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Enhanced Safety in Alpa Utility Winch

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Sourcing for multiple third-party vendors to customize an effective utility lifting equipment is one of the main challenges of operators and rig builders. The devices are altered to suit client application needs, however, the process potentially compromises the integrity of the system because of lack of testing.

Alpa Handling, a Norwegian-based material handling equipment supplier, has introduced a compact, lightweight utility winch that features superior safety functions for harsh environment applications. Designed with a safe working load ranging from 5T to 25T to support miscellaneous lifting, pulling or tensioning operations within the offshore drilling sector.

The utility winch can be driven by electric, electro-hydraulic (HPU) and hydraulic ring line, offering rig operators and manufacturers a wide range of advantages.


Offshore drilling rig applications require equipment that are lightweight and compact, yet rugged for material handling operations. The components of Alpa utility winch -eco-friendly gearbox, brakes, electric or hydraulic motors and sensors—are framed within the fabricated alloy steel drum core. Not only does this design protect the component from external damage, it also frees up space on the deck. Its excellent power-to-weight ratio technology offers reliability for the most demanding applications.


Different clients have varying requirements. Alpa has a robust and well-experienced engineering team that makes it possible to offer modular components to suit client specifications whilst keeping high product quality. With our modularized design, we can deliver different pull and wire capacities with the same proven design.


Minimizing peak tension loads encountered during heavy lifting in tough sea conditions, is one of the main challenges of the industry. Alpa utility winch can optionally be equipped with constant tension (CT) control system that provides the operator a constant line-pull to ensure that loads are lifted and landed safely.

The line-pull is set by the operator, measured by the load sensors, and consistently monitored by the central control system. If the actual load indication differs from the pre-set value, the winch will pay in or pay out wire rope to maintain the pre-set value. Alpa utility winch delivers pull from 5-25T.


The reduced load mode supports client demands such as high working speed, high reliability or large hoisting capacity while preventing the load from bouncing on the deck. It promotes efficiency and increases personnel safety.



The ability to operate lifting equipment from a safe distance and with better vantage points, and at reduced noise levels, are some of the main benefits of controlling the lifting equipment through radio remote. The Alpa utility winch is available with radio remote control technology that allows for greater ease of winch operation, less manual labor fatigue, and increased flexibility and productivity.

Alpa’s “hands-free” line retrieval through the radio remote system minimizes the risk to the crew working on deck. They provide solutions that best fit the operator’s ergonomics and working conditions to address functional safety concerns.


The utility winch is equipped with an emergency lowering feature which allows operators to lower the load in a precise and controlled manner in the event of power failure or unintended stop. The added back-up safety feature, Emergency Operating System (EOS), is activated through simple push button control, and may be paused or resumed whenever needed. This significantly adds safety and protection for loads, equipment and crew.

The winch is also designed with two independent braking systems, both capable of holding and stopping the load upon activation to prevent safety hazards.


Alpa’s utility winch technology provides a superior safe solution to an array of complex lifting operation in the most challenging environments. With certifications to regulatory standards such as NORSOK R-002, DNV SfC 2.22/ST-378, EC Machinery Directive and DNV-OS-E101, not only does the Alpa winch comply with the stringent local safe lifting standards worldwide, it also guarantees high performance, reliability and is low maintenance.

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Axess AS
Oscar Hanssens vei 5
6415 MOLDE
+47 982 43 600
Axess North Sea Ltd.
Units 6 & 19 Robert Leonard Centre
Howe Moss Drive, Kirkhill Industrial Estate, Dyce AB21 0GG, UK
(duty): +44(0) 7912212854
St. John's
Axess Baffin Inc.
702 Water Street, Suite 201
St. John's, Newfoundland
+1 709 758 7937
Axess AS
Kokstadflaten 35
5257 Bergen
(duty): +47 976 88 578
Axess North America Inc
15915 Katy Freeway, Suite 501
77094 Houston, TX
+1 (281) 994-0367
Ciudad del Carmen
Axess Operations De Mexico S de RL de CV
Calle Bosque de Ciruelos 180 PP 101
Colonia Bosque De Las Lomas CP 11700 Cuidad De Mexico
+52 938-152-7688
Axess AS
Koppholen 25, 4313 Sandnes
Stavanger, Norway
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Rio de Janeiro
Axess do Brasil Ltda
Rua Dezenove de Fevereiro
171 - Botafogo
CEP 22280-030 Rio de Janeiro
+55 (21) 4108-0532
Axess Petrorig Ghana Limited
3rd floor, The Pelican
8 Blohum Street, Dzorwulu, Accra, Ghana
+233 (0) 30 397 0548
Axess Luanda
Rainha Ginga
27 Luanda, Angola
+27 82 202 5266
Cape Town
Axess Africa Ltd.
1 Nares Street
7925 Cape Town
+27 82 202 5266
Axess AS
Nedre Bakklandet 58C
7014 Trondheim
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Axess AS
Grønøraveien 1
7300 Orkanger
(duty): +47 41 78 06 30
Axess AS
Filipstad Brygge 1, 3rd Floor
0252 Oslo, Norway
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Axess Offshore Korea LLC
#103 (Aju-dong Hyunjin Evervil) B1 Yang 1-gil, Geoji-Si
Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
+82 10 2696 2016
Axess Offshore (Mumbai)
B2-306, 3rd Floor
Kanakia Boomerang,
Chandivali Firm Road
Andheri East, Mumbai- 400072, India
Axess Offshore Pte Ltd
Nordic European Centre #05-31 South Wing
3 International Business Park
609927 Singapore
+65 6908 4174
Axess Offshore Australia Pty Ltd
304 Newcastle St
Perth WA 6000
+61 4 3373 0739
Axess Offshore Australia Pty Ltd
140 St Georges Terrace L28,
Perth WA 6000
+61 4 3373 0739
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