Uptime nominated for OSJ award – Give your vote

Marine Aluminium and Uptime International have developed and delivered motion compensated gangways since 1979.

All this thanks to our valued staff, reliable suppliers, customers appreciating quality products and lots of support from family and friends.

We are proud and humble to announce that we in our 40th anniversary year are nominated for the Offshore Support Journal award:    “Offshore Renewables Award 2019”

Nomination text:

“Uptime have delivered gangways since 1979 and has developed a next generation 30m gangway. Features include: autonomous landing, autonomous trolley transfer and 4 ton crane function. These capabilities significantly increase operability and safety and  simulations show that an SOV with a 30m gangway can do safe transfers in up to 5m Hs. The gangway will be installed on a new Bernhard Schulte Offshore vessel being chartered by General Electric. The Island Offshore vessel Island Clipper, chartered by Equinor, will also have the new gangway installed.”

We will highly appreciate it if you can consider our nomination against our two competitors and vote for the one that you think deserve this prize.

Link to vote:

 https://www.osjconference.com/e-aosjca/awards/offshore-renewables-award.htm

 

Link to OSJ homepage with awards: https://www.osjconference.com/awards.htm

New Uptime contract for walk to work gangway.

Uptime International has entered into a contract with Ulstein Verft for delivery of an Uptime 30m access solution. Ulstein Verft will integrate the delivery in the new wind farm Service Operation Vessel(SOV) developed by Ulstein Design & Solutions that they are building for German based Bernhard Schulte to be delivered in 2020.

The Uptime delivery consists of a new designed active motion compensated gangway and an adjustable pedestal integration which will be mounted towards the elevator tower in the new Ulstein SX 195 SOV design type. The Interaction between gangway and vessel will enable personnel and cargo transfer through the gangway in addition to the gangway also being used as a crane.

The new Bernhard Schulte Offshore vessel will support maintenance work of GE Renewable Energy at the German wind farm Merkur Offshore. The total capacity of 396MW in Merkur will produce enough power for almost half a million homes.

“We are proud, honoured and humble to be chosen again as the preferred access system provider. Our Uptime 23,4m have been the bench mark gangway in the wind industry for years and together with our new autonomous 30m gangway should the Uptime gangway family be ready for and cover whatever project that comes up in the wind industry” says Sales & Marketing Manager Svein Ove Haugen.

“Our new developed autonomous 30m gangway have new features as autolanding, crane function, operator in the wheelhouse and more. This gangway will be a game changer increasing workability and safety at a lower cost” says Sales and Business Development Director Bjørnar Huse

UPTIME balanced gangway long-term proven

UPTIME has pioneered using a power-saving mode for its market-leading 23,4m AMC gangway. The gangway has been the benchmark in the offshore wind industry since its introduction, with build number 29 now being finished for Louis Dreyfus Armateurs.

The UPTIME control and hydraulic system is constantly being improved. The power-saving balancing mode, released in October 2016, is now implemented on several gangways. This results in less stress on HPU motors, simple operations for the operators and saves wear and tear on equipment when the gangway is not forcibly run but instead balanced against the TP connection. Inaccuracies in MRUs is also avoided, giving a much calmer operation.

“By using the hydraulic and control system competence gained from making gangways since the late 70s, we have improved upon even the most recent invention, 3-axis active motion compensated gangways. UPTIME continues to develop its gangways, control systems and hydraulics. The balancing of the gangway is the most recent example now being in use for one year. The next release will be autonomous landing of the gangway, which has been tested onshore for about six months. This will give even higher performance, safety and convenience for the user, potentially avoiding using dedicated gangway operators completely” – Bjørnar Huse, Sales and Business Development Director.

“We see that competitors are emerging in the market, and we will keep our focus on giving customers a better system, with attention to the complete operation – gangway and ancillary systems, power consumption, crew usage and passenger safety.” – Svein Ove Haugen, Sales and Marketing Manager