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Gangways ordered for offshore gas and windfarm support vessels

Thu 13 Jul 2017 by Martyn Wingrove

Gangways ordered for offshore gas and windfarm support vessels
Ampelmann’s A-Type gangway links offshore service vessels to production platforms

Ampelmann and Uptime International have won contracts for their gangway walk-to-work solutions in offshore gas and renewables markets. Ampelmann secured a contract in Venezuela that will spread the use of its gangway technology into the Caribbean.

The Cardon IV group ordered an A-type system for its operations on the Perla field off Venezuela. The walk-to-work system was deployed on Bumi Armada’s 2010-built offshore support vessel Armada Tuah 85 to provide access for the workforce to the Perla platform.

The A-type system is a full active motion compensated access gangway, designed to transfer personnel safely and efficiently to offshore structures. Cardon IV has chosen Ampelmann as its partner in this long-term project for the next two years, said Ampelmann business development manager for Latin America Andres Garcia.

Uptime International has won a contract from Cemre Marin to deliver one of its walk-to-work systems to a service operation vessel that is being built at the Cemre Shipyard in Turkey. The vessel is being built for French vessel owner Louis Dreyfus Armateurs for delivery in 2018.

The vessel will provide service support for four offshore windfarms off the German coast. These are the Borkum Riffgrund 1 and 2 and Gode Wind 1 and 2 windfarms operated by Dong Energy.

The Uptime system will be an active motion compensated gangway and an adjustable pedestal integrated with an elevator tower. The vessel was designed by Salt Ship Design for personnel and cargo transfer to these offshore windfarms.