Access Solutions News

04 Jul 2019

A1 Offshore Teams Up with Kenzfigee

The offshore support W2W vessel ‘Notus Express’ at work, using KenzFigee’s 3D Active Motion Compensated gangway system. Photo: Kenz Figee

Danish provider of offshore service vessels A1 Offshore Solutions ApS and lifting and offshore equipment specialist KenzFigee have signed a cooperation agreement to offer clients in the offshore oil, gas and wind industry a cost-efficient and safe Walk-to-Work vessel solution.The pact follows A1 Offshore Solution’s experiences with the KenzFigee 3D Active Motion Compensated (ACM) 26-meter gangway solution installed on board its’ offshore support vessel ‘Notus Express’.Increasing demand for cost efficient…

08 Apr 2019

Crew Vessel Contracted to Shell

(Photo: Damen)

UK-based crew transfer specialist High Speed Transfers (HST) announced that its second new high-speed crew transfer vessel HST Sofia will be contracted by Shell to support its exploration program in the Black Sea commencing March 2019.The FCS 2710 vessel, built by Dutch shipbuilder Damen, will be trialed by HST to undertake oil and gas crew transfers to support the Noble Globetrotter II drill ship. The vessel will shortly begin an exploration drilling program in the Khan Kubrat block…

18 Nov 2018

Ampelmann Completes Half a Million Safe Transfers for BP

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Dutch offshore access solutions provider Ampelmann has reached a new milestone: 500,000 safe personnel transfers for BP globally.The  provider of offshore personnel transfer system completed its first transfer for the oil major in Trinidad & Tobago in 2010 and has since enabled another 17 projects in seven countries.“Half a million people transfers in eight years is a key milestone for Ampelmann,” said Gus DeOliveira, Area Sales Lead for the Americas. “We thank BP for their continuous…

12 Nov 2018

Ampelmann Strengthens Foothold in the Middle East

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Ampelmann, the global leader in offshore access solutions, has opened its second office in the Middle East in a move to further expand its presence in the region. The office in Dubai (UAE) will be manned by Tim Mulders as Business Developer.Together with the team in the already established office in Doha, Qatar, Mr. Mulders will be strengthening Ampelmann’s position in the regional market.“This newly-manned UAE office will give clients the chance to meet face-to-face with Tim on short notice and at their convenience…

24 Sep 2018

Ampelmann Wins Five North Sea Contracts

Offshore access solutions provider Ampelmann said it has won five new contracts for its Walk to Work (W2W) solutions in the offshore wind market over the course of September. These projects will see two A-type and three E-type systems installed on vessels operating in the North Sea.Four of the five contracts have been secured by Ampelmann’s recently opened office in Hamburg, Germany.An Ampelmann E-type system has been installed on the Viking Neptun vessel to enable supporting works at the Merkur wind farm in the German North Sea.

27 Aug 2018

Ampelmann Secures North Sea Decommissioning Project

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Dutch offshore access solutions provider Ampelmann said it has made another step forward in the field of decommissioning with a recently secured contract in the Southern North Sea.An E-type gangway system has been installed on the Olympic Orion vessel to carry out a two-month campaign for end client Spirit Energy to prepare the Audrey platform for decommissioning.The E-type is the largest fully motion compensated system within the Ampelmann portfolio. Operating globally, it has enabled more than 300…

17 Jul 2018

Single Marine Access Solution for Offshore Ops

(Photo: Damen)

At the end of June, Damen Shipyards Group along with Ampelmann and VEEM hosted a Marine Access Event, where over two days delegates from both the offshore renewable and non-renewable industries had the opportunity to sail from IJmuiden in the Netherlands to experience the latest in marine access solutions. The demonstrations took place on board a Damen Fast Crew Supplier 5009 equipped with an Ampelmann L-type gangway and two VEEM VG 260SD gyro stabilizers.This combination of VEEM gyro stabilizers…

18 Dec 2017

New Solution Helps Meet Lifeboat Regs

Photo: Ampelmann

The oil and gas industry has just 18 months to upgrade critical release hook systems on offshore lifeboats to meet new regulations imposed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to improve safety at sea. According to the organization, the number of failures during drills and inspections which resulted in casualties or injured crew members has been unacceptably high. Launched in 2011, the IMO regulations state that lifeboat release and retrieval systems must be evaluated and replaced no later than July 1, 2019.

22 Jun 2016

Damen, Ampelmann Team up for Marine Access Demonstration

FCS 5009 with Ampelmann L-type Photo Damen

Damen Shipyards Group has teamed up with the global leader in motion compensation access solutions, Ampelmann, to conduct tests with Ampelmann’s L-Type system on board a Damen Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 5009. Damen is developing its marine access solutions in order to guarantee increased safety, reduced costs and efficiency in the global crew transfer market. As part of this mission, Damen has recently increased its cooperation with a number of access suppliers. On this occasion…

03 May 2016

Growing Presence of Damen FCS 2610's in O&G Markets

Fast Crew Supplier 2610 Photo Damen

The Damen Shipyards Group’s Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2610 is proving to be every bit as effective in the oil and gas sector as it is in the offshore wind industry. The application of the renowned design in this arena is a response to a move in offshore O&G towards the high-intensity use of flexible, multi-purpose vessels wherever possible so as to minimise costs. As a twin-hulled vessel, the FCS 2610 combines high speed and stability with substantial deck space for equipment and components.

18 Apr 2016

Ampelmann Produces Winterized Offshore Gangway

On April 14, 2016, offshore access solutions company Ampelmann and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. signed an agreement to install and operate a winterized version of an Ampelmann’s motion compensated gangway system. This system will be capable of safely and efficiently transferring work crew up to -28 degrees Celsius, therefore supports Sakhalin Energy’s requirements to continue maintenance and increase offshore POB year round in the Sakhalin-2 field. The winterized Ampelmann, project name “Icemann”, will be installed on one of Sakhalin Energy’s new ice breaking support vessels of which delivery is due next year. Ampelmann will engineer and build this bespoke, unique in the world system for its launching customer Sakhalin Energy. The contract duration will be for 10 years.

22 Jan 2016

Ampelmann Expands to Aberdeen

Safe crew transferring with the Ampelmann - A type North Sea Courtesy Ampelmann

Ampelmann, a provider of motion compensation access solutions, is opening an office in central Aberdeen as the next step in the continued expansion of the company. Ampelmann claims an an extensive track record in supporting Walk to Work campaigns in the North Sea, and said the new office aims to strengthen its presence in the region and enable better support for current and future customers. The access systems of Ampelmann have been used in multiple projects in the UKCS. From commissioning…

05 Jan 2016

Ampelmann Tallies 2 Million Safe Transfers

The BSP and Ampelmann crew after the 2 millionth safe transfer (Photo: Ampelmann)

Ampelmann, a provider of motion compensated offshore access solutions, announced it has achieved a milestone in the operation of its systems; two million safe transfers. The accomplishment was achieved 10 months after the one millionth transfer. The two millionth safe transfer took place on a project for Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP). BSP utilizes multiple Ampelmann A-Type and L-Type systems for the transfer of personnel during operations and maintenance activities. Ampelmann CEO, Jim Craig, said, “2015 marks an important year in Ampelmann’s history as we celebrate two million safe transfers.

17 Dec 2015

World's Largest Cargo Ships Do IT Remotely

MSC Zoe (Photo: MSC)

With Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Zoe’s inaugural voyage completed this summer, the largest containership ever built is now operating with high-speed Marlink Maritime VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) on board. Marlink VSAT services provide connectivity for operational and crew communications on MSC Zoe and 130 other MSC ships. MSC is also saving time and money with a suite of integrated IT solutions designed to reduce network administration on board and provide easy access to communication services for crew, all enabled by the XChange communications management platform from Marlink.

15 Dec 2015

Ampelmann Wins FPSO Walk to Work Contract in Brazil

Ampelmann E-type mobilized on the AHT Smit Nicobar (Photo: Ampelmann)

Ampelmann, a developer of motion compensated access solutions, has been awarded its first contract in Brazil. Under the contract, Ampelmann will provide its E-Type system to Boskalis in support of an extended FPSO maintenance campaign. The Ampelmann system enables fully motion compensated ship to ship personnel transfers. Ampelmann’s track record on FPSO walk to work campaigns includes recent projects delivered in the North-Sea, Australia, Gulf of Mexico and Africa. Several customers use Ampelmann’s walk to work solution for yearly FPSO maintenance campaigns.

08 Dec 2015

DNV GL Launches Class Standard for Offshore Gangways

Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL today published the first industry standard providing guidance on offshore personnel transfer by gangway. DNVGL-ST-0358 will contribute in documenting and securing safe operational performance of offshore gangway solutions and contribute to predictability and transparency within the industry. Offshore gangways are used as a bridge between two vessels or between a fixed object and a floating installation to transfer people, cargo or equipment. For offshore operations, offshore gangways provide a safe and cost effective alternative to personnel transfer by helicopter…

18 Aug 2015

Ampelmann Wins Gangway Contract in GoM

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Ampelmann informs it has been awarded a contract by Boa Marine Services Inc. (BMSI) to provide a gangway solution for the ExxonMobil-operated Julia project in the Gulf of Mexico. Ampelmann’s work scope comprises transferring day- and nightshifts of personnel and 24 hours emergency evacuation standby. BMSI’s multipurpose vessel Boa Deep C. is being fitted with an Ampelmann A-type gangway, mobilized on a 23-meter pedestal so it is capable of landing at the platform at a height of 32 meters.

30 Jun 2015

Motion Compensation Solution for Solan Field

First landing West of Shetland (Photo: Ampelmann)

Motion compensated access solutions developer Ampelmann informs it  will provide one of its offshore access solutions to enable ‘walk to work’ for a commissioning campaign on Premier Oil’s Solan field, West of Shetland. The Ampelmann system enables the safe and effective transfer of the workforce in one of the world’s most challenging offshore locations. To meet the demands of working offshore West of Shetland, the multipurpose service vessel the Siem Spearfish is being fitted with an Ampelmann E-type system.

15 May 2015

Ampelmann Gangway for New Wind Farm Support Vessel

Acta Orion (Image courtesy of Ampelmann)

Ampelmann, developer of motion compensated access solutions, has reported a contract with Acta Marine for its newbuild wind farm support vessel, the Acta Orion. Ampelmann’s motion compensated gangway will provide Acta Orion with a stable platform in sea states of up to 2.5m Hs to ensure safe, efficient and reliable transfers of personnel to and from the wind turbines. In addition, Ampelmann, in close collaboration with Acta Marine, has developed a fully motion compensated cargo…

05 May 2015

Hertel Offshore Renamed CKT Projects

Photo courtesy of CKT Projects

Hertel has announced the acquisition of Hertel by Altrad  for its worldwide access solutions, insulation, corrosion protection and mechanical businesses. Hertel Offshore was not part of the acquisition by Altrad, but will continue its activities and business with the same shareholders (NPM Capital, Ackermans & van Haaren and Hertel Offshore Management) under a new brand name. Hertel Offshore has now changed its name and will continue its business as per May 1, 2015 under its new name: CKT Projects.

08 Sep 2014

New Features Added to Revamped XChange

Airbus Defense and Space has added new features to its XChange communications management platform with the release of version 3.1 at SMM 2014. Headlining the new version is a unique system that provides Universal Remote Access to any device connected to on board networks or the IT network itself and new functionality that builds on the recently released BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) solution for XChange. Universal Remote Access as a new option for XChange provides secure remote access to computers on board a vessel from anywhere. It meets the growing need from ship-owners, communications equipment manufacturers, satcom service providers and maritime service companies to easily access IT networks on board from shore for maintenance and troubleshooting.

16 Apr 2014

MAS Debuts Exclusive Armor Systems

Photo: MAS

Following on from the continued success of the product, Marine Armor System (MAS) announced its global launch and updated website. MAS is a nonlethal vessel protection system based on ballistic blinds, protecting the vessel or rig against pirate attacks and other potential threats such as armed robbery, terrorism and acts of sabotage. The system includes anti pirate blockades, bunkers and armored citadels or safe rooms onboard, protecting crew with a bulletproof barrier in case of pirate boarding, in line with IMO recommendations.

04 Dec 2013

VDR Remote Access: Danelec Join With Imtech

Imtech Marine and Danelec Marine, announce at the current Marintec 2013 expo in Shangai, an extension of the remote access service delivered by the Imtech Marine 24/7 GTAC, Global Technical Assistance Centre, to include data from Danelec Marine VDR (Voyage Data Recorder) systems. “We are very pleased to add VDR data from Danelec Marine to our Imtech remote access solutions. The big advantage is that this service provides not only information of the VDR itself, it will also open up all primary navigation equipment data recorded by the VDR to our customers”, says Frank Berends, Global Manager Remote Services at Imtech Marine. Hans Ottosen…

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