Offshore Passenger Transfer System

Offshore passenger transfer system (OPTS)


Following the acquisition of the Offshore Passenger Transfer System (OPTS) technology developed by Lift2Work, PALFINGER MARINE introduces a unique and innovative solution to take on the booming market of offshore transfer systems – in line with the company’s vision of shaping the future of its customers’ lifting solutions.


The system is a multifunctional hydraulic aerial lift for transporting both people and materials in a safe, quick, and efficient way. Technically, the OPTS is compensated on various axes to absorb waves. It can lift up to six people at once and goods weighing up to 1,000 kg. This combination distinguishes the OPTS from any other systems and methods available on the market.


The OPTS unit works from the deck, like the employees; they can safely go from the base to the workplace without having to bridge a height difference. The system's light weight (approximately 15 tons in the fixed version) hardly affects ship stability, which enables application on very small work vessels.

  • Easy installation
  • High operational accuracy due to low weight
  •  Easy transportation as 40 HQ container with a weigh of approximately 25 tons
  • Easy, accurate and stable load lifting operations
  • Multifunctional options including on board rescue operations and accessability to remote control fire-fighting operations.
  • ”Return home safe” function in case of emergencies
  • Full operational logging to indicate maintenance requirements
  • Fully compensated and redundant

  • Passenger transfer in full compensation mode with an accuracy of 10 cm
  • Load lifting till 1,000 kg in Roll, Pitch and Heave compensation mode
  • Rescue operations or launching operations
  • Pilotage or firefighting operations with remote control

Sea State

Sea State 5 (max)
Hs = 2.5 meters (max)
Deck motion depending on deck position and vessel RAO

Deck motions

Roll: ± 6°
Pitch: ± 6°
Heave: 4 meters
Period: T = 6-12 seconds

Personnel transfer time

~60 seconds

Maximum wind speed

20 m/s in operation
63 m/s in parked (sea fastened) position

Operating temperature

Minimum -20°
Maximum +45°

Approx. accuracy

~10 cm

Lifting height

27 meters from deck level (in non-compensation mode)
25 meters from deck level (in compensation mode for max roll/pitch/heave)


27 meters from slewing rotation axis (in non-compensation mode)
20 meters from slewing rotation axis (in compensation mode for max roll/pitch/heave)

Below deck

8.7 meters from deck level (in non-compensation mode)
6.7 meters from deck level (in compensation mode for max roll/pitch/heave)

Slewing range

± 200°

Maximum number of persons in basket

600 kg @ 24 meters (corresponding to 6 persons including operator)

Cargo lift capacity

1000 kg @ 24 meters

Power requirements

2 x 75 kW

E supply

440 VAC / 60Hz main power**
230 VAC / 60Hz auxiliary power**


25 tons (mobile unit)
15 tons (fixed installed unit)


DNV-ST-0358 “Offshore Gangways”
DNV-ST-0378 “Offshore and platform lifting appliances”


If you want to contact us, please get in touch with one of the following, responsible departments.

Sales Team

Palfinger Marine Norway AS
Nesttunbrekka 97 | 5221 Nesttun | Norway

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Offshore Passenger Transfer System

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