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Seonics electric lifting and handling equipment for marine research

Seaonics’ fully electric, multipurpose lifting and handling systems enable research vessels to operate efficiently, with minimal impact on the marine environment.

At a glance

  • Enables efficient operations
  • Fully electric
  • Minimises impact on the marine environment

Solution status


Scientific research cruises are carried out by research institutes worldwide to gather data on fish stocks and exploitation, animal health, water quality, ocean ecosystems, pollution and more.

Oceanographic and research vessels are equipped with sensitive equipment and often operate in remote areas which are vulnerable to pollution, oil spills and other ecosystem threats. To avoid environmental damage, research vessels must be equipped with durable and reliable handling equipment such as winches, handling frames and cranes.

Green lifting and handling technology for research vessels

Seaonics delivers fully electric lifting and handling systems for research vessels and other specialised vessels. The company designs complete handling solutions that are tailored to the operational requirements of each vessel and integrate all equipment into one control system with a standard, user-friendly interface.

Moreover, Seaonics can develop systems for use in multiple operations, enabling researchers to carry out more tasks with the same equipment, thereby boosting research efficiency.

Concrete benefits

Unlike hydraulic equipment, Seaonics’ electric-driven handling system eliminates the risk of oil spills. The system also regenerates power during operation, lowering energy consumption significantly. Fewer moving parts make the system highly reliable and less subject to wear and tear, reducing maintenance costs as well.

Furthermore, because the system is electric, it makes less noise, thus preventing noise pollution of the marine environment.

Market potential

Demand for research vessels has been growing in recent years, primarily due to increasing focus on management of marine areas, climate change and exploration of minerals on the seabed.

The Arctic and the Antarctic are of particular interest, and it is imperative that all equipment on board vessels operating in these highly vulnerable areas is durable, high-performing and environmentally friendly.

Seaonics was established in 2011 and delivers lifting handling systems for research and exploration vessels. The technology can be used by other specialised vessels as well.

Industrial boat out at sea

Norwegian research vessel Kronprins Haakon is equipped with an electric lifting and handling system from Seaonics.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure

About the goal

Seaonics’ all-electric equipment can help to limit the carbon footprint of marine research vessels.

Life below water

14. Life below water

About the goal

With Seaonics’ all-electric equipment, there is no risk of oil spills or other marine pollution.

Contact company



Hundsværgata 8, 6008 ÅLESUND, Norway

Jan Kjærstad

Jan Kjærstad

Head of Sales

+47 911 59 434

[email protected]

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