SMST unveils DEME SOV access and lifting solution

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SMST is finalising its Telescopic Access Bridge L-2 type gangway which will be installed board of DEME’s first Service Operation Vessel to support wind farm maintenance. It will be installed on the vessel at CEMRE shipyard in Yalova in the coming months.

DEME’s SOV will work under charter by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy for the
Rentel and Mermaid & Seastar (known as SeaMade) offshore wind farms in Belgium. The SOV features a Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) design, which ensures low wave impact on movements when approaching the wind turbines, compared to a monohull SOV. The vessel will enable safe and efficient transfers in all weather conditions, being the first DP2, twin-hulled SOV in the world. Delivery is scheduled for 2021.

SMST’s is also supplying its offshore access and lifting solution.

With this gangway we meet the increased operational profile for all year operations and accepted the challenge of the operational limitations of handling cargo to a Transition Piece”, says Jan Eelke van der Meulen, Sales Manager at SMST, “We introduced new functionalities to our gangway by adding a cargo transfer system under the gangway.”

The cargo winch installed under the bridge tip for motion compensated lifting is equipped with a travel system enabling the transfer of cargo under the full bridge length. The system increases logistical efficiency and gives room for a broader scope of work. It allows the load to be handled more secure, with less movements and in higher sea-states.

“With this solution we have lifting reach under the entire gangway, fully 3D motion compensated lifting capacity and ship-to-ship lifting to the Crew Transfer Vessel’s. This happens all directly out of the cargo hold, which is a real game changer of the cargo logistics on board of our SWATH”, comments Henk van Mol, Project Manager New Build Department at DEME Group.

Jan Eelke van der Meulen explains: “Transport of cargo by means of electric cargo transporters travelling over the gangway is a continuous, rapid development. The demand for autonomous features and enlarged cargo weight is increasing. Our gangway is equipped for this.”

“As we both are parties with an innovative vision, we have been able to work perfectly together. We both are proud to have taken the step to develop a product that extends the business total package for the offshore wind industry”, comments Michiel Bertels, Naval architect at DEME Group.

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