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Ampelmann wins six North Sea contracts

Mon 13 Aug 2018 by Ed Martin

Ampelmann wins six North Sea contracts
The motion-compensated E-type gangway can compensate high sea states up to 4.5m Hs

Offshore walk-to-work access system specialist Ampelmann has been awarded four new contracts and two extended scopes of work in the North Sea.

Six of the company’s E-type gangway systems will be deployed for planned shutdown campaigns and ongoing fabric maintenance support by different major operators across the UK’s continental shelf.

Utilising motion compensation technology, Ampelmann’s E-type is the largest system in the company’s portfolio and is able to compensate high sea states up to 4.5 m Hs.

The gangway, which can transfer a full shift of up to 40 people in 15-20 minutes, can transfer offshore workers to a range of assets, including floating production offloading storage (FPSO) units and fixed structures of all sizes to carry out repair and maintenance activity.

One of the contracts, Ampelmann’s longest-standing in the region, includes a three-year extension to support maintenance operations in the Southern North Sea and will operate all year round.

Another award for a short shutdown campaign to allow production-enhancing work to take place has now been completed.

Amepelmann’s UK business development manager Lorenz Nehring said: “Our walk-to-work systems offer a safe, cost-effective and efficient alternative to traditional transfer methods, providing operators significant commercial benefits for planning campaigns.”

All six projects will be supported from Ampelmann’s base in Aberdeen, which has experienced increased business demand in recent months, resulting in a relocation to larger office premises on Waterloo Quay to support a growing team.

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