Safeway to supply gangway system to Van Oord

Subsea construction vessel Topaz Tangaroa

Dutch offshore transfer equipment specialist Safeway has signed a contract with Van Oord to supply the latest version of its Safeway Seagull type motion-compensated gangway system. The system will be installed on the subsea construction vessel Topaz Tangaroa and to be deployed in an offshore wind farm in Taiwan.

This contract marks Safeway’s second contract in Taiwanese waters, following the contract with Heerema Marine Contractors in December 2020. It is the first time in Safeway’s young history that it has rented out a gangway to Van Oord, for an offshore wind project.

The Safeway Seagull gangway system, with 3D crane function, will be installed on the Topaz Tangaroa in Rotterdam and will be deployed to transfer personnel and cargo (up to 1000 kg) during Van Oord’s first cable project in Asia, later this year.

Changhua 1 & 2a offshore wind farms
In September 2019 Van Oord has secured a contract from Danish offshore wind developer Ørsted for the cable installation work on the Greater Changhua 1 & 2a offshore wind farms, in Taiwan. The Dutch marine contractor is responsible for the transportation, installation and burial of the export and inter array cables.

Van Oord will be deploying its cable-laying vessel Nexus. The Topaz Tangaroa has been contracted to support the Nexus, and the presence of the Safeway Seagull, with its unique features including roll compensation, height adjustment, zero impact bumpering/hover mode and counterweight, will ensure workability, throughout the year.

It is planned that the array cable installation work will start in August 2021 (season1) and again in March 2022 (season 2). The rental contract for the 28 metre-long walk-to-work Safeway Seagull gangway will be utilised over the two campaigns.

“We’re hugely excited to have two Safeway Seagull gangways operating off the coast of Taiwan, in 2021,” explained 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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