Netherlands-based Van Aalst Group has established a new maintenance company, Nortek Services AS, in Kristiansand, Norway. The new subsidiary will provide 24/7 support, including remote access and direct service from engineers for Safeway, a Van Aalst company specialising in high-performance, motion-compensated gangways in the offshore renewables and energy sectors.
The company, established at the beginning of June, has already won its first contract. Nortek will construct a hydraulic gangway for a ferry on behalf of an undisclosed Norwegian customer.
Wijnand van Aalst, CEO of the Van Aalst Group and Safeway, explained that the new company had been set up in response to rapid growth taking place across its various subsidiaries. Products include cargo handling systems, crane conversions for 3D operation, concrete mixers and advanced load-handling and lifting equipment for the offshore, marine, fishery, aquaculture and renewables industries.
Nortek’s range of services draws together the technical knowledge, passion and expertise of all the engineering, mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, maintenance and training departments that make up the Van Aalst Group, the company said in a statement. Van Aalst specialises in selling and renting out motion-compensated gangways, pneumatic load and discharge systems, and load-handling and lifting equipment. Nortek’s services will now provide integrated maintenance and support systems both for group companies and in the wider offshore industry, covering equipment from all manufacturers.