When lifting the loading buoy into the ships docking bay, the ships movement can give high peak loads on the lifting gear.
To dampen and avoid excessive loads, Cranemaster has designed a special unit which is permanently installed in the top of the loading buoy as an overload protector. The Cranemaster® shock absorber will stroke as the load exceeds the preset pressure. This ensures a smooth and safe docking of the loading buoy.
The units have now been in operations for many years, undergoing the required inspections and services required by certification authorities.
Cranemaster® shock absorbers are installed in APL loading buoys on the Vincent and Reliance fields.