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Fibre rope crane (FRC)

Working better deeper. The new fibre rope crane with a range of up to 400t is designed for continuous operation in a tough and corrosive offshore environment with focus on efficient and safe load handling.

A range of offshore cranes up to 400 tonnes load using field proven fibre rope handling technology is now launched. The crane structure has an integrated operator cabin and the fibre rope runs over large diameter sheaves. Below deck is a compact CTCU (cable traction control unit) which forms the crane winch, provides active heave compensation and stores the rope on a reel. This system has a proven track record of more than 10 years. Particular attention has been made to ease of access and maintenance of all main components.

Because the selected rope has neutral buoyancy, the crane can handle loads to its full rated capacity down to 4,500 metres water depth. Cranes using heavy steel wire must begin derating at depths more than about 700m, so by 2,500m a 400t wire crane can only handle the same load as a 250t FRC.

Our rope management system monitors rope condition enabling abraded or damaged sections to be easily repaired by splicing onboard.

Key features

  • Field proven CTCU technology for fibre rope handling
  • Smart integration in vessel – below deck
  • Innovative crane structure – reduced weight
  • High-end control system
  • Active heave compensation
  • Constant tension, with auto landing and auto lift-off mode
  • Pull limit and controlled emergency pay-out function
  • State-of-the-art operator cabin
  • High quality – low maintenance, robust and field proven technology
  • Cost efficient logistics for rope replacement
  • In-field splicing of rope
  • Easy inspection of rope
  • Rope management system – full wear traceability
  • DNV GL certification

Technical data




Operating depth (m)



Min outreach (m)



Max outreach (m)



Winch speed (m/s)

0-1.5 (all layers)*

0-1.5 (all layers)*

AHC capacity (peak to peak)

4.8m at 10s period (all layers)*

3.2m at 10s period (all layers)*

Heavy lift capacity (double fall)

300t at 2250m

500t at 2250m

Aux winch capacity

10t / 20t

10t / 20t

Tugger winch capacity (t)




+/- 200 degrees rotation

+/- 200 degrees rotation

Peak power consumption (kW)




DNVGL-ST-E407 'Rope-based deployment & recovery systems for designed service'

Approximate values provided for guidance only. Specifications may vary for given applications.
*Varies according to applied load


  • Auxiliary winch
  • Personnel lifting
  • Tugger winches
  • Remote access
  • Anti-collision system
  • Pedestal
  • Heavy lift double fall arrangement
  • Health monitoring

Services and support

  • 24/7 Technical support

    Our 24/7 technical support team is there to help at any time, day or night, wherever your vessel is.

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  • Spares

    We understand the importance of having the right parts, available in the right place, at the right time.

  • Training

    Ensure that your crew is properly and thoroughly trained. This will reduce operational risk, downtime and maximise return on asset investment.

How can I help you?

Knut Christian Meyer Hovland
EVP - Deck Machinery and Motion Control