Universal Quick Connector

In 2019, Huisman and Jan De Nul joined forces for the heavy lift equipment on board of Jan De Nul’s Next Generation offshore installation vessels Les Alizés and Voltaire. Upon the order of both vessels in 2019, Jan De Nul Group awarded the contract for the engineering, construction and delivery of two highly innovative cranes to Huisman. 

For these cranes, which will be the largest in their class, Huisman developed the Universal Quick Connector (UQC) based on the expertise of Jan De Nul Group’s operational and engineering team. The result is a ground-breaking innovation, resulting in a major step change in safer offshore hoisting activities.

Step change in the field of safety

The UQC is a smart, modular and robust clamp which is mounted inside the crane’s lower block. It allows to lift objects through a direct connection, without intermediate rigging and totally hands-free. No need for rigging increases safety and workability

The UQC attaches and detaches loads and tools directly to the crane’s lower block without rigging, entirely hands-free and fully automatic. This automated working method creates a safe environment in which the personnel’s safety is not compromised. The complex task of - typically manual assisted - (de)rigging can be prepared outside of the critical path of the lifting operation.

For more information read our press release on the Universal Quick Connector.


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