Safeway scores second Taiwanese contract

In: VesselsWindfarms
19/02/2021
Dutch specialist Safeway has been contracted by Van Oord to supply its Safeway Seagull type motion-compensated gangway system for the subsea construction vessel Topaz Tangaroa.  It will be deployed during the construction of Ørsted’s Greater Changhua 1 & 2a.

This is Safeway’s second contract in Taiwanese waters, and its first renting a gangway to Van Oord for an offshore wind system. The gangway system, with 3D crane function, will be installed on Van Oord’s Topaz Tangaroa in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It will transfer personnel and cargo up to 1,000 kg during the project, later this year.

Array cable installation work is due to occur in two phases. The first will begin in August 2021, and the second in March 2022. Both campaigns will utilise the 28 metre-long walk-to-work Safeway Seagull.

The project is Van Oord’s first cable project in Asia, Ørsted awarded the cable team a contract for cable installation work in September 2019. Van Oord will be deploying its dedicated cable-laying vessel, Nexus. To support Nexus, it will deploy Topaz Tangaroa which will be supported by Safeway Seagull. Unique features of this vessel include roll compensation, height adjustment, zero impact bumpering/hover mode, and counterweight.

“We’re hugely excited to have two Safeway Seagull gangways operating off the coast of Taiwan, in 2021,” said Wijnand van Aalst, CEO at Safeway. “And we are extremely grateful having the opportunity to demonstrate our expertise outside Europe, while offering maximum operational efficiency. The use of motion-compensated gangway systems is gradually becoming the norm in Asia, and both contracts represent a great and safe way to start 2021, in this promising and challenging market.”

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