Dutch offshore access provider Ampelmann, announced the launch of an electric version of its signature A-type system last week. The access system is now fully operational after undergoing extensive offshore trials on the Horizon Star vessel in Eneco’s Princess Amalia wind farm.
Based on the technology and decade-long track record of its flagship system, the latest iteration of the A-type has seen its traditional hydraulic power train replaced by electric regenerative actuation, decreasing its energy use by more than 80%.
Lighter, smaller deck footprint and quick mobilisation
Ampelmann is constantly innovating to contribute to more environmentally friendly offshore transfer operations. This shift in technology does not only contribute to more environmentally friendly operations, but also makes the system significantly lighter, smaller in deck footprint and even quicker to mobilise, the company said. Weight is reduced by 40% and energy use by 80%, considerably decreasing the environmental impact of the system without compromising workability specifications.
“With the implementation of electric drives, large heavy components of the hydraulic system became redundant, including the 20ft power pack container,” said Diederick Nierstrasz, Business Developer at Ampelmann. “Clients can expect the same capabilities as the non-electric A-type system, with an even higher reliability and ease of use.”
Additionally, Nierstrasz explains that the electric drives have improved the A-type’s accuracy and response time, while also eliminating the noise and vibrations the hydraulic-powered system used to produce.
“At Ampelmann, we are committed to driving our industry into a more sustainable future,” said CEO Jan van der Tempel. “The successful upgrade of the A-type to an electric system moves us directly towards that goal. This is a key milestone for our company as we continue to work towards new sustainable innovations.”
Cooperation with Damen
The S-type, a newly designed system based on the technology of the electric A-type, is to be deployed on Damen’s new 7011 Fast Crew Supplier in Q3. It combines high transit speed with a high workability for people transfer. The new vessel is designed for a sailing speed of 40 knots, combined with a safe transfer of people in sea states up to 3m Hs in DP-mode. Source: Ampelmann