Ampelmann, the Dutch offshore access provider, has sold its first W-type gangway system to offshore shipping company Olympic Offshore Wind AS. The system will be installed on the Olympic Orion in early 2023 when the vessel will complete its conversion to a commissioning service operation vessel (CSOV).
Though this is not Ampelmann’s first engagement with the SOV/CSOV market, the new system, partially based on new technology, marks an important turning point in the company’s commitment to the renewable energy sector.
The W-type is Ampelmann’s latest system that satisfies a growing demand for safe, efficient, and sustainable access solutions in the renewable energy market. Tailor made to individual vessels, the new system is electric, height adjustable and contains a lift and crane that can carry cargo and personnel. As it can compensate for vessel motions in sea states up to 3.5 Hs (significant wave height), it will greatly increase the efficiency of maintenance operations on wind farms.
The new system will be permanently fixed on the Olympic Orion in 2023 when the vessel will complete its conversion from a multi-purpose support vessel (MPSV) into an CSOV. The height-adjustable gangway makes it an ideal tool to safely transfer crew and cargo from the vessel to different types of wind turbines. Alongside the new system, Ampelmann will provide operator training and 24/7 support through the company’s Operation Control Centre (OCC).
Until the W-type can be installed on the Olympic Orion, an E1000 has been temporarily fitted to the vessel so that it can continue its operations in the North Sea as a highly efficient walk-to-work vessel.
Picture by Ampelmann.