Ampelmann to deliver W-type gangways for Olympic CSOVs

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 25/07/2022 Ampelmann

Ampelmann, the Dutch offshore access provider, has sold two W-types to the Norwegian Shipbuilding company, Ulstein Verft. The systems will be permanently integrated into the newly built CSOV’s that the offshore wind vessel supplier, Olympic Group, has ordered from the shipyard and are due to be launched in 2024.

The W-type is one of Ampelmann’s latest electric motion compensated systems. it outlined that the system is height adjustable and claims it can withstand sea states up to 3.5m Hs. The modular system is designed to convert any vessel into an SOV/CSOV.

According to Ampelmann the W-type’s variable height and automated landing software enables a safe and quick turnover of personnel and cargo during extended campaigns that require efficient servicing of multiple turbines. Outfitted with a lift and a gangway that doubles up as a crane, it can transfer both personnel and cargo up to 2000kg and remote-controlled trolleys can transport 400kg of equipment across the gangway.

“We are pleased to continue our long-standing working relationship with Ampelmann. Olympic has been working more or less continuously on offshore renewables projects for the last ten years, and these new investments shows our intent to continue to serve the renewable energy markets and clients also in the coming decades. Ampelmann W-type gangway permanently integrated onboard Ulstein SX222 CSOV’s will optimize our workability in a safe and efficient manner,”
said Frode Andreassen, VP Commercial Renewables at Olympic.

“We would like to extend our gratitude to Ulstein and Olympic for putting their trust in our systems and services,”
said Caspar Blum, Ampelmann’s Area Manager for Business Development for Europe and Africa. “We share a deep commitment to bringing sustainable, safe and energy efficient access solutions to the renewable energy market and we hope this will lead to a thriving and prosperous partnership.”

“Alongside the system we will continue to offer our service package to Olympic. In the past fifteen years we have developed a robust service model to support our rental fleet. As we are transitioning into a selling company, we realise our services are as important as our technology. This means we will continue to offer workability forecasts, operator training, redundancy packages and provide logistical assistance to clients who buy our systems. Additionally, the 24/7 support offered by the company’s Operation Control Centre (OCC) will ensure that downtimes are kept to a bare minimum, meaning further increases in operational efficiency,"
added Blum.