Today, PASSER Group and Swan Hunter has agreed to merge their cable rental and logistics operations into a new company; PASSER LARS (Logistics And Rental Solutions), to create a leading player in the global cable handling and logistics rental market. PASSER LARS will have offices in the Netherlands and UK, in addition to PASSER Group’s existing presence in Norway, Lithuania and China.
“The ongoing electrification megatrend will drive significant growth in connectivity infrastructure and offshore cables in particular. As projects grow in size, scope and complexity, there will be a need for larger entities with multidisciplinary competencies and financial capabilities to meet the growing demand from clients. Through the formation of PASSER LARS, we are creating a company that will be a driving force in the cable handling and logistics rental market going forward and a strong platform for growth, both organically and through further consolidation”, both companies stated.
PASSER LARS will provide existing and new clients within the offshore energy markets with a comprehensive service offering of specialist offshore equipment rental, in-house design engineering, project management capabilities, cable logistics and transportation services, and project specific solutions.
The fusion of both companies allows the consolidation of equipment assets, strong engineering and management competencies. Most importantly the alignment of both organisations objective to become the leading international player in cable handling equipment and logistics solutions to the Offshore energy industry.
Gerard Kroese, Managing Director of Swan Hunter and the newly formed PASSER LARS stated “This merger is a very positive and logical next step for Swan Hunter and for the industry we serve. PASSER LARS’s strategy will be to solidify its position as the global go-to provider of cable handling and logistics rental solutions – with a particular focus on high-growth renewable end-markets – through growing its asset base and further enhancing its value proposition towards clients. With the enlargement of our equipment pool, and uniting of our dedicated international engineering teams, will offer our clients very attractive and flexible options for their key project activities in Europe, USA, Asia, and beyond.”
Petter Mangelrød, CEO of PASSER Group stated “This is an exciting and promising opportunity for the PASSER Group. We see a high level of synergies in both companies, and this merger allows us to double our efforts in providing a full suite of solutions worldwide to our clients. Our now strengthened in-house capabilities should place PASSER LARS where we wish to be, as a trusted and competent supplier to our international clients in the offshore energy industry”.
PASSER LARS will be headquartered in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, with the main engineering office in Newcastle, UK. For further information please visit: passer-lars.com
SWAN HUNTER offer Specialist Equipment, Design, Engineering & Project Management Services to the Offshore Renewables and Subsea Oil & Gas energy markets. Swan Hunter offers solutions for power and telecoms cable, flexible pipelines, umbilicals and other subsea installation projects throughout the world.
PASSER GROUP is a leading and vertically integrated provider of cable handling solutions used in the production, transportation, laying and storage of large offshore cables with a strategic focus on high-growth renewable end-markets. Through its subsidiaries PASSER Group also offers fabrication and installation of steel constructions to a wide range of end-markets as well as cryogenic insulation solutions for sustainable shipping. For further information please visit passergroup.com
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PASSER LARS have completed another detailed engineering and project management consultancy assignment for Oceanteam Solutions.
PASSER LARS in house teams were tasked with full engineering and project management workscope for the development of a cable transportation barge for Oceanteam’s client Boskalis.
Project deliverables included detailed deck layout design for various cable spooling routes, cable transpooling procedures, seafastening and deck strength calculations, engineering drawings and onsite mobilisation and operational support.
“This engineering workscope further highlights PASSER LARS capability over and above equipment rental, offering clients full project and engineering support, utilising our thorough understanding of all aspects of cable handling and installation”,
Hamish Cullens, Senior Project Engineer.
Following on from a very busy start to 2021, PASSER LARS were awarded another full carousel rental spread contract early in Q1 2021 with TechnipFMC, for the transportation of Technip supplied umbilicals for the Exxon Mobil Liza Phase 2 project, offshore Guyana.
PASSER LARS scope of work included equipment rental and operators for a 2500Te 23m carousel, loading tower, and 15te horizontal tensioner, and all associated project management and engineering services, including seafastening and deck integration design, and onboard installation. Given the continued COVID-19 challenges faced against international travel and movement of personnel and equipment, PASSER LARS executed carefully planned ‘part mobilisations’ with installation of the loading tower and tensioner in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and carousel in Skien, Norway.
Umbilicals were loaded in Newcastle, UK, and transpooled to the installation vessel in Pascagoula, USA. PASSER LARS utilised two individual operator teams for the UK and USA scopes, using in country personnel for both spooling operations to minimise transmission risk and quarantine periods, highlighting the company’s commitment to providing quality equipment and personnel solutions even within the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
PASSER LARS have successfully completed operations in China for client Aker Solutions.
PASSER LARS were awarded two contracts for the project, namely for supply of a 2000Te carousel, and for supply of equipment operating technicians and field engineers for transpooling operations of the Aker Solutions supplied umbilicals between the Aker Connector and COOEC HYSY 286 installation vessels.
This project marks the first occasion PASSER LARS have provided equipment and personnel in the Asia-Pacific region, which presented additional logistical challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, however with strict adherence to client and company policies the project was completed successfully.
This project also marked the start of a busy year for PASSER LARS so far in 2021, with equipment operations now also completed in Norway and the USA, and currently ongoing in the UK.
PASSER LARS have successfully mobilised a 2000Te installation carousel spread for Aker Solutions. The equipment is currently under transit to Shenzen, China, ahead of infield installation operations of static and dynamic umbilicals for the CNOOC Lingshui Project, whereby Aker Solutions hold the EPC Contract for the umbilical products.
Global Marine Group, have installed a 2,000-tonne capacity power cable carousel at Port of Blyth’s Battleship Wharf terminal.
The strategically located cable carousel, provided by PASSER LARS, offers Global Offshore increased operational flexibility with short-term, local cable storage, reduced mobilisation times and improved cost efficiencies for their customers. The new carousel, which is equipped with a 10-tonne tensioner and modular loading tower, ensures effective cable handling from vessel to shore, and back, also offers short-term options for clients requiring reliable cable storage on the northeast coast of England.
“The introduction of this new cable storage carousel enables us to reduce cable transportation costs as well as offering quicker mobilisation to aid our regular offshore operations in the North Sea. “The facility also affords us the ability to monitor and maintain these precious assets closer to our operational base on site, to ensure they are ready and available for use on installation and maintenance projects at short notice.”
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PASSER LARS have successfully delivered a full project management, design engineering, and mobilisation support package for client Oceanteam Solutions, for a versatile cable storage and transport barge.
“This engineering package demonstrates PASSER LARS ability to provide engineering and consultancy services, in addition to our specialist equipment. This design offers an extremely flexible and low cost solution to cable handling and transportation, with a full year of utilisation ahead highlighting this”
PASSER LARS have successfully completed the mobilisation of a 4000Te carousel onto the Normand Clipper CSV for Global Marine Group.
PASSER LARS carried out significant structural modifications to the carousel to allow long-term integration onto the vessel, starting with a 3 year charter, with further extension options thereafter.
Director, Gerard Kroese stated
“This mobilisation marks another well executed project for PASSER LARS. Mobilising these large carousels always culminates in an impressive heavy lifting spectacle, which is all due to efficient in-house project management and engineering that we offer our clients. These mobilisations are a great example of the full service we can provide in addition to the equipment rental, including management of quayside, heavy lift, and seafastening subcontractors. This contract will be followed up with another mobilisation of our 2000Te modular carousel spread in Q2 2020.”
PASSER LARS, along with partners DOC, have successfully completed load-in spooling operations for the Elia Modular Offshore Grid (MOG) project.
The contract was awarded to load-in and store 5km of the Modular Offshore Grid spare export cable from the new-build Tideway Living Stone cable lay vessel.
PASSER LARS newest equipment fleet addition, the 1000Te modular carousel system was used in conjunction with a 15te shoreside tensioner, and loading lower, to spool the cable. The liftable modular basket will be moved to final long term storage location with SPMTs later this month.
Director, Gerard Kroese stated
“This is another fantastic example of well-executed project operations at our cable storage and spooling yard, which places it firmly on the map within the european offshore wind services supply chain. To have another flagship cable lay vessel at the yard, the Living Stone, which is brand new to the market, further confirms the flexibility and capability of our strategically placed facility and it’s attraction to installation contractors and offshore windfarm developers active in the market”.
PASSER LARS along with partners DOC, have taken delivery of a new 1000Te capacity Modular Onshore and Offshore Carousel System.
The unique modular system offers clients a flexible product handling equipment solution within the onshore storage, offshore installation, and marine transportation markets.
The principle comprises three interchangeable components, specifically utilised dependant on the product loading location. Modular liftable storage baskets of varying capacities are coupled with either a hydraulically powered turntable or standard SPMTs to provide basket rotation and support. The hydraulic turntable has integrated hydraulic lift rollers, that allow it to be pulled away from beneath the basket when supported via crane or SPMTs. These inbuilt functions, allow for the loading of multiple baskets using a single turntable or SPMT spread, allowing clients full flexibility with product loading, storage, and installation scenarios.
Upon completion of the onsite assembly DOC Director, Dave Hangoor stated
“We are very pleased to have another item of new build equipment constructed here at the DOC-PASSER LARS Cable Storage and Spooling Yard. This 1000Te system nicely compliments our smaller and larger carousels, further increasing our cable handling and storage capacity, and allowing us to offer various solutions to our client’s requirements”.
The equipment is now due to undergo onsite commissioning works and will be operational on it’s first cable handling and storage project in early Q2 this year.