Pioneers in offshore lifting

We have spent close to four decades with our customers in the harshest environments – supporting complex lifting operations with the highest operability, safety and care.

About Us

Cranemaster AS was established in 1983 in Norway.

The founder Ernst B. Johansen perceived a gap in the market following an increasing number of lifting incidents in the North Sea. With hard work and dedication he made the company a success in its niche.

With almost four decades of experience and industry knowledge, Cranemaster has become a market leader in the field of shock absorption and passive heave compensation for offshore lifting operations and works closely with the world’s leading offshore players.

The heave compensators and shock absorbers compensate forces and motions directly at the load or hook level, securing offshore lifting operations and enabling clients to work in higher waves. We have a large fleet of Cranemaster units for lifts up to 1600 ton ready for rental, located in Norway or at our local representatives.

Our competent engineering team is eager to solve any challenge you have related to dynamics or motions, using our existing technology or through development of tailor made solutions. Orcaflex analysis of lifting operations are carried out by our analysis team.

Founder Ernst B. Johansen
Founder Ernst B. Johansen

Meet the Cranemaster Management Team

Espen B. Johansen – CEO

Espen Johansen has 25 years of experience from the offshore oil & gas industry. Ten of these years in Equinor as a process engineer and later as a department technical advisor dealing with both subsea and topside applications. Espen has been involved in Cranemaster since the early 90`s, gathering extensive experience in the field of passive heave compensation. Espen has education in both process/mechanical disciplines and business economics and is currently active on several boards of directors.

Sondre V. Gonsholt – CTO

Sondre Gonsholt has broad experience from the offshore industry, with particular focus on subsea technology. Starting at FMC Technologies, he worked as a field engineer offshore, supporting subsea well operations. He continued his career as technical lead and specialist engineer, developing new technology for vessel based riserless well intervention. Since joining Cranemaster, he has been responsible for several large development projects. Sondre holds a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU).

Christian Lund – Sales Manager

Christian Lund brings over 33 years of extensive leadership expertise in the global offshore energy sector. With several decades of project management and product development abroad, he held influential roles in comprehensive projects at both FMC Technologies and Oil Spill Response Ltd. Christian’s portfolio boasts notable project management achievements, including the USD 800 million Subsea Well Response Project and key contributions to projects with major industry players like Total, ExxonMobil, Equinor, Chevron, and others.

Talk to us about your project

We’re always excited to help our clients tackle their challenges when it comes to lifting operations. Our competent engineers will help you find the correct product for your requirements!
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