In the course of a month, Ampelmann won five new contracts from Norway for its offshore access systems with motion compensation. The ordered systems will be used on offshore wind projects in the North Sea.
Orders have been placed at Ampelmann’s Abderdeen (Scotland) and Hamburg (Germany) offices and come from the Norwegian companies BOA, Volstad, Olympic Shipping, Siem Offshore and DOF. It concerns 2 A-type and 3 E1000 systems.
The Ampelmann is a motion compensated access system that allows personnel and material to be safely transferred from a moving vessel to an offshore platform. The Dutch company has already developed several variations.
The A type is the company’s proven solution for safe and efficient transfer of people offshore in sea states up to 3 m Hs. Introduced in 2016, the E1000 is a heavier, longer range system that allows it to operate in even rougher waters. In November 2019, Ampelmann announced the E5000. This is a heavier system with a wider range allowing it to operate in even rougher waters, while ensuring the safe and efficient access of both personnel and cargo.
The newly acquired contracts are an important milestone for the Dutch company, as it focuses on the broader offshore wind market.
Caspar Blum, Business Development Manager Offshore Wind at Ampelmann: “We believe that in the next 10 years, there is potential for about 30 new Service Operation Vessels (SOVs) to be built around the globe,” said Blum. “Many of those vessels will be looking for a safe and efficient means of offshore access and we are prepared to meet the demand with the development of our new system tailored to SOVs.”