HS.MARINE: cranes designed for fish farming
HS.Marine is convinced that the fish farming industry need equipment of the highest level of quality to ensure reliable operation for many years.
In the recent years, fish farming activity has undergone a major transformation, becoming a real industry, increasing the demand of quality, reliability and specific products.
Net haulers can be integrated in the cranes; more than one winch (up to 4 units) can be installed on the crane boom and simultaneously operated.
For synchronised operations, the crane radio remote control can be arranged to control other deck equipment, like winches or capstans.
An operator chair can be supplied for remote controlling of several cranes from the wheelhouse, as requested by live fish carriers in particular.
The fish farming industry is progressively upgrading its safety standard: HS.Marine is working in advance, designing solutions able to satisfy the most demanding requirements: besides the common safety devices, the crane can be supplied with a complete electronic system (screen showing all crane information, black box allowing diagnostic and remote assistance) developed by the HS.Marine electronic division.
Stefano Forni, HS Marine’s managing director, says: “For supporting the progress of the fish farming industry and guaranteeing the safety, the fish farming equipment needs to be specially designed and developed for this application. It is now evident to the major operators that truck cranes or marinised cranes are not a good solution for fish farming industry”.
Ermanno Rapacchi, technical manager, says: “Our cranes are prepared for the tough marine environment and are designed and built from the ground up for marine use, with high attention to details. Together with extensive checking and test, the result is an unparalleled strength and reliability with a superior quality. We design for the application”.
Bard Arne Saunes, who moved from Norway to Italy joining HS Marine as sales manager, adds: “As our cranes have a longer lifespan, we offer the best value that money can buy. Our cranes simply last. We design our cranes to minimise and simplify the maintenance. The crane reliability reduce the need of spares and, consequently, the operational costs. This is the reason why we get so many satisfied and repeated customers”.
For service vessels, HS Marine has designed long boom knuckle telescopic cranes: cranes up to 34 meters outreach for hoisting the bird net on the larger farms.
For more information, visit HS.MARINE at Aquaculture UK 2018 (stand No. 2).
By Laurence Williams