Sparrows, Hytech Form Crane and Mechanical Handling Alliance

Sparrows Offshore, the world's largest offshore crane and mechanical handling services contractor, has formed Sparrows-Hytech, an alliance with Hytech AS of Sola, Stavanger, to deliver lifting and mechanical handling services in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

Hytech was formed in 1998 as a dedicated North Sea offshore engineering and service contractor in Stavanger, Norway. Sparrows Offshore was formed in 1974 and has grown to become the world's largest offshore crane and mechanical handling contractor, now part of Energy Cranes International Limited which operates in more than 16 energy-producing regions worldwide. Sparrows has, for some time, sought development opportunities in the vibrant Norwegian market but, until now, has lacked a suitable local partner.

Sparrows-Hytech will initially focus on delivering crane engineering and maintenance services to drilling rig and marine/construction vessel operators, whilst also providing specialist lifting support services to the multi-disciplinary engineering and maintenance contractors.

Georg S. Moltu, managing director of Hytech, said: "The Norwegian sector lacks competitive provision of top-grade crane engineering and lifting services. I set out to form an alliance to deliver a new and competitive service. Sparrows, as the world leader, were the obvious partner and I am delighted we can now, together, launch Sparrows-Hytech to the market."

The new Sparrows-Hytech base will be co-located with Hytech's existing premises at Sola and the partnership will be represented in Norway by Hytech executives. The Sparrows-Hytech service, however, will be backed and substantially resourced through Sparrows Aberdeen-based engineering and project management team, with its world-renowned reputation and quality, safety and environment systems underpinned by ISO 9001/ISO 14001/ISO 18001 and registered with the Achilles vendor program.

"Through the Sparrows-Hytech alliance we have already won ongoing crane services and modifications work with one of the world's largest drilling contractors in Norway. Customers are showing that they see the Sparrows-Hytech partnership as a valuable one," concluded Moltu.

Malcolm Wilson, chief operating officer (Europe) of Sparrows Offshore said: "Sparrows-Hytech brings a new, Norway-based provider of professional lifting and mechanical handling services to the Norwegian market."

"The new alliance builds on the strengths of two trusted brands and I am confident that clients will be immediately keen to challenge Sparrows-Hytech to deliver on our promises of high-integrity technical service and competitive market pricing."

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