Bibby WaveMaster 1 Hits W2W Milestone at Galloper OWF

Bibby WaveMaster 1 has completed over 200 personnel walk-to-work (W2W) transfers while serving at the Galloper offshore wind farm.

After Damen delivered the vessel to its owner Bibby Marine Services in August, Bibby WaveMaster 1 was hired by James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) to support the construction of the Galloper offshore wind farm.

Around mid-September, the vessel departed from Harwich to work on the 336MW UK offshore wind farm.

Mark Whitehead, Commercial Manager at Bibby Marine Services, said: “It is fantastic that in just a few weeks we have hit this milestone. Our vessel gives personnel a completely step-less walk-to-work. Their jobs are hard enough without asking them to lug themselves and kit up flights of stairs, on the WaveMaster 1 we have taken care of that for them providing a lift and warehouse support with powered trolleys.”

Under the contract with JFMS, Bibby WaveMaster 1 is chartered for a three-month period with options to extend to support the offshore commissioning phase.

This news article was shared from offshoreWIND.biz 

Press release: Uptime International achieves world first Statoil TRL7 proven technology approval for motion compensated gangways.


TRL 7 is Statoil’s highest technology readiness level. This was achieved for the Uptime 23,4m active motion compensated gangway.During the approval, the gangway was mounted on Island Offshore’s vessel “Island Crown” during a walk to work charter for Statoil. The charter was to perform hook-up and commissioning of the unmanned wellhead platform “Oseberg H” for the “Oseberg Vestflanken 2 development”.

Use of unmanned wellhead platforms is a new concept on the Norwegian continental shelf.

Island Offshore started this walk to work charter at “Oseberg H” with the vessel “Island Crown” in August 2017 and completed in October 2017. During the charter “Island Crown” connected to “Oseberg H” by the Uptime 23,4m AMC gangway, for continuous open access and evacuation means for personnel on the installation.

“We always strive to reach the highest possible level of safety for our Uptime product. This is a vote of confidence and encourages our employees to keep working hard. We achieved the highest readiness level from Statoil as the first gangway provider in the world, based on our 39 year experience in the offshore walk-to-work sector”, says Sales and Marketing Director Svein Ove Haugen

FACTS OSEBERG VESTFLANKEN 2:

  • Oseberg Vestflanken 2 is the first of three planned phases for developing the remaining reserves in the Oseberg area.
  • The licensees are: Statoil (operator) (49.3%), Petoro (33.6%), Total (14.7%) and ConocoPhillips (2.4%).
  • Location: In the North Sea, around 8 kilometres northwest of the Oseberg Field Centre.
  • Water depth: Around 110 metres.
  • Estimated life: Until 2040.
  • Development: Unmanned and remote-controlled wellhead platform. Two subsea wells to be drilled from existing subsea templates willbe included in the project. All wells will be drilled by a jackup Cat-J drilling rig.

Bibby Wavemaster 1 delivered

We happy to inform you that on August 15-2017, Bibby has taken proud ownership of her first ASV9020, Bibby WaveMaster 1.

Departure from the Galati Shipyard is August 17 and her maiden port of call will be Rotterdam, with a scheduled arrival of September 1, where she will be named and readied for her first job.
Attached pictures show that she is a truly beautiful vessel, and we thank Damen and Bibby for selecting UPTIME to deliver the gangway and adjustable height pedestal for this vessel.

We wish the vessel, owner and crew good fortune!