Ampelmann and C-Job unveils feed vessel concept

In: Vessels

Dutch offshore access provider Ampelmann and C-Job Naval Architects have joined forces to develop an offshore wind feeder vessel concept with motion compensation technology, specifically suited for operating off the east coast of the United States of America.

The offshore wind feeder vessel has an L-shaped superstructure. This aims to enable the transport of all wind turbine components, including the blades, while keeping the ship itself relatively compact minimizing construction and operational costs. To maximise workability and allow for safe lifting of the components, the feeder vessel features a specially designed motion compensation system by Ampelmann.

The system uses Ampelmann’s core technology to stabilise the components of the wind turbine generator (WTG) in six degrees of freedom and is designed for safe lifting operations in sea states up to 2.5m significant wave height. The compensator is positioned close to the vessel’s centre, where it can compensate all vessel motions and allows for continued operations – even in adverse weather conditions – throughout the year.

The wind turbine components are arranged on the ship with a quick connect grip and glide system. Once the feeder vessel is at its destination, the system slides the components into place to connect to the motion compensator. The Ampelmann system then compensates all vessel motions, so the crane operator can lift turbine components in a similar fashion to an onshore lift.

With this feeder concept, which is envisioned to be a series, the turbine components are brought to the installation site by the feeder vessel. With two or more vessels per project, this allows the installation vessels to focus on the installation of the turbines and ensures operations can continue at all times.

Todd Allen, VP Business Development at C-Job Naval Architects, said: “The United States is ambitious in its plans to grow the installed offshore wind power. The only viable way to realize this goal while complying with the Jones Act is utilizing offshore wind feeder vessels. Together with our strategic partner Ampelmann, the experts in motion compensation, we have created an innovative ship design ready to support construction of US wind farms today and into the future.”

Gus DeOliveira, Ampelmann’s Business Development Area Manager for the Americas, said: “We see a lot of potential for the offshore wind market in the US and believe that we can add some unique value based on our decades long experience in the offshore wind market. Our partnership with C-Job is crucial if we are to design and deliver just the right solution for this growing market.”

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