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Material handling solutions for offshore assets

Material handling on an offshore installation should be characterised by systematic efficiency and extreme focus on safety. The result is to reduce downtime, if any, and consequently increase economical margins. We are committed to assisting our clients to achieve material handling compliance in all phases of new-build and modification projects.

Material Handling Philosophy

NORSOK R-002 B.5

Material handling philosophy applies to all areas, equipment and operations of mobile offshore installations. This philosophy shall provide guidelines for the engineers to achieve a robust technical design that will promote efficient and safe handling of equipment, as well as to secure access for maintenance in all operational conditions.

The document answers the following:

  • How do you handle equipment on board?
    • What is the heaviest/biggest equipment in each room/area?
    • What lifting equipment to use?
    • How to transport it all the way to workshops or supply vessel?
  • Does the lifting equipment have sufficient capacities?
  • Does deck on board have sufficient capacities?
  • Is there enough space for handling/transporting the equipment?

Material Handling Survey

NORSOK R-002 B.7

During the late phase of the building process, material handling surveys should be carried out to verify the following factors.

  • Installation of lifting equipment
  • Transportation routes

Offshore Crane Study

NORSOK R-002 B.6

Offshore Crane Study is the feasibility study of handling loads by the offshore crane.

The document answers the following:

  • How can the crane operator transfer a load at the installation in a safe way?
  • Will there be any blind zones for the crane operator during lifting operations?
  • What is the weight and height limitations for the different laydown areas?
  • In which situations shall the crane boom be brought into rest position?

The offshore crane study is a basis for preparing operational procedures.

Material Handling Plan

NORSOK R-002 B.7

Identify all equipment above 25 kg that needs to be handled due to regular maintenance.

  • Describe the method to be used
  • Lifting equipment to be used
  • Describe the transport route to be used

Equipment requirements for material handling is shown in NORSOK R-002.

The material handling report shall be updated periodically to reflect the latest changes in equipment layout, Material Handling Philosophy, significant change in equipment/component weights and dimensions until this report reaches “completion of fabrication” stage. 

Lifting Zones

NORSOK R-002 B.3.3

The main purpose of lifting zones study is to analyse the potential effect of a “load’ being dropped and drop of crane boom over certain lifting areas/zones.

The document answers the following:

  • What is the consequence if the load is dropping in a certain area?
  • Where can the crane operator bring his load and not?
  • What parts of the installation do I need to protect – dropped object protection (DOP)?
  • What are the maximum weights/heights I can bring into these areas?

All areas within the working area of the deck crane are to be evaluated and classified according to the consequences of dropped objects. A lifting restriction chart shall be made for the installation.

What we offer

GAP Analysis & Risk Assessment in accordance with contract requirements and the following rules/regulations:
  • DNVGL-ST-0377 and DNVGL-ST-0378 (formerly DNV 2.22 Lifting Appliances)
  • NORSOK R-002 – Lifting Equipment
  • Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
  • LOLER 1998 – Lifting Equipment
  • PUWER 1998 – The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulation
Material Handling Philosophy, FEED Review and Design Review
  • FEED Review: Checking the main concern points based on Material
  • Handling document of pre-engineering phase
  • Review & Enhancement of Material Handling Philosophy
  • Material Handling Workshop: Providing the follow-up action list
    • 3D Model Review (Navisworks, PDMS, AutoCAD, etc.)
    • 2D Design Drawing Review
Material Handling Plan

Detailed report of material handling equipment which

  • Mechanical Equipment Handling Specification
  • Valve Handling Specification
  • Transportation routes
  • Vertical handling (Shaft & Hatches)
  • Lifting operation between installation and vessel
  • Operation and Maintenance Study
  • Laydown and storage area
  • List of all items that need to be handled, etc.
Offshore cranes and services cranes study
  • Lifting Zones and Lifting Restriction chart plan
  • Line of sight / blind zone area study plan
  • Offshore Cranes & Service Cranes study related to Material Handling
Other services
  • Bumpers, Guiding & Protection Structure for Norwegian projects
  • Audit Report Analysis Study of Cranes & Lifting Equipment which is issued by Petroleum Safety Authority Norway

Material handling system

Our subsidiary, Axess Digital, offers an online database to support clients in the storage and retrieval processes of their existing material handling plans. With just a few clicks, a full overview of all equipment that weigh above 25kg on an installation, is easily accessible in real time. This seamless function reduces costly downtime in the event of unexpected equipment failure.

Contact Information

Axess AS
Oscar Hanssens vei 5
6415 Molde
+47 982 43 600
Axess AS
Kokstadflaten 35
5257 Bergen
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Axess AS
Travbaneveien 3
4031 Stavanger
(duty): +47 982 43 600
St. John's
Axess Baffin Inc.
702 Water Street, Suite 201
St. John's, Newfoundland
+1 709 758 7937
Axess North America Inc.
1400 Broadfield Suite 300
Houston Tx. 77084
+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 North Sea Ltd.
Axess House,
Twin Spires Business Park,
Mugiemoss Road, Bucksburn,
Aberdeen, AB21 9NY
(duty): +44 (0) 78 5303 6111
Axess Guyana Inc.
2 Avenue of the Republic
Georgetown, Guyana
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 Offshore Africa Ltd.
Edificio Joia Rara, 3º Andar 3.5/3.6,
Av. Revolução de Outubro No 8, Cassenda, Maianga
Luanda, Angola
+244 933 316 388
Cape Town
Axess Offshore Africa Ltd.
Office 106, 1st Floor, Block 2,
Northgate Park, Brooklyn
Cape Town, South Africa
+27 21 001 9540
Axess AS
Nedre Bakklandet 58C
7014 Trondheim
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Axess AS
Grønøraveien 1
7300 Orkanger
(duty): +47 478 37 300
Axess AS
Fridtjof Nansens plass 4
0160 Oslo
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Axess for Oil Services
3141 Anas Bin Malik, Al Malqa Dist.
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
+966 59 427 0293
Axess Middle East DMCC
807 X2 Tower, X Cluster,
Jumeriah Lake Towers
Dubai, UAE
+971 4565 7913
Axess Offshore Korea LLC
22nd Floor KNN Tower, Centum-ro 30
2203-ho, Haeundae-gu
Busan, South Korea
+82 10 2696 2016
Axess AIM India Pvt. Ltd.
B2-701, 7th Floor,
Kanakia Boomerang,
Chandivali Farm Road
Andheri East, Mumbai- 400072
+91 22 4604 3533
Axess Offshore Pte Ltd
Nordic European Centre, #05-31 South Wing,
3 International Business Park
Singapore 609927
+65 6908 4174
Axess Offshore Australia Pty Ltd
304 Newcastle St
Perth WA 6000
+61 4 3373 0739