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In the marine & offshore market a big driver for the automation of machines is the increased demand for safety and accuracy. Controllab has been active in the marine & offshore market for more than 15 years. We help companies to design,build and test their control systems for cranes, bridges and other complex machines.


Controllab is specialized in the analysis and development of control software. The basis of our success is the digital twin, i.e a 3D simulation model, that we create for every machine. The twin enables us to develop and thoroughly test the software before the real machine has been built.


Controllab has build up expertise for several applications.

  • Cranes: motion compensation, anti-sway, tag line control, …
  • Access Bridges: motion compensation, automated landing, collision detection, ..
  • Monopile Grippers: Tilt control, motion control, overload protection, …
  • Dredging: motion compensation, HIL Simulation, …
  • Electric Machinery: HIL simulators for battery storage, diesel electric generators, …


Dutch Dredging Simulators

Three companies that have earned their stripes in the maritime sector are developing a dredging simulator. This simulator is portable and affordable.

BLIT simulator

Together with MSA-Service, Controllab has developed a training simulator for a “Boat Landing Installation Tool” (BLIT).

Eagle-Access Training Simulator

The Eagle-Access is an innovative crane for the transport of people. It is fully electric and compensates the motions of the ship. Controllab has has successfully developed and delivered a training simulator for this crane.

Battery Storage Simulator

Controllab has been working on the control systems for battery storage containers for some time. The experiences that we have gained and the tools that we have developed have all come together now in our Battery Storage Simulator.

Wind Turbine Installation

High Wind develops new installation techniques to install offshore wind turbines. The Boom Lock system is a smart tool that allows offshore cranes to install wind turbine components at high wind speeds.

Motion Compensated Crane

Controllab investigated the feasibility of an OPTS crane. The OPTS is a crane mounted on a ship’s deck that can transport passengers safely to and from the ship.

Motion Compensated Access Bridge

SMST specializes in the delivery of lifting, transportation, drilling and pipe lay solutions, especially for the maritime and offshore industry. Their Telescopic Access Bridge (TAB) that can safely transfer personnel to an offshore structure.

HIL Simulation

The Seakeeping and Manoeuvring Basin of the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) allows model ships to run independently in waves, followed by a towing carriage containing measurement equipment.