Ampelmann, the Dutch offshore access provider, received another contract from Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein to provide two W-type gangway systems. The systems will be integrated on two vessels for one of Germany’s major shipowners and be used in the offshore wind market.
The two W-types are estimated to be delivered by 2025 with the contracts including two systems firm, followed by a potential two plus two in the client options. These systems are intended for offshore wind use to assist in the transferring of both personnel and cargo from vessel onto offshore platforms. Ampelmann’s W-types are integrated into the vessel and maintain a low carbon footprint due to its low energy consumption.
The W-type can serve the needs of the CSOV market globally by providing safe and efficient access from vessel to the offshore platform with a height-adjustable tower that can range up to 16m. The system is also capable of allowing access to trolleys with cargo up to 750kg and can convert into a crane with a lifting capacity of 2mt. Additionally, the W-type can compensate for waves of 3.5m Hs, making it a viable solution to withstand heavy weather conditions whilst still maintaining its ability to transfer people and cargo and reduce downtime offshore.
“We are proud to be selected for this project, reinforcing Ampelmann’s commitment to empowering the offshore energy sector with motion compensated gangways of highest standard of technology and service,” says Ralph Schnee, Ampelmann’s Senior Business Developer for Europe. “Ulstein’s trust in Ampelmann and our systems’ technology is appreciated by the entire Ampelmann team. We believe that with these new contracts, we are building a track record for these new systems to solidify our presence in the offshore wind market.”
The contract is the second from Ulstein for a W-type gangway. In July last year, Ampelmann received the first order. Image: Ampelmann