Press release: New renewable ”walk to work” contracts

Uptime International has entered into contract with Ulstein Verft AS for delivery of two active motion compensated gangways.

The walk to work systems will be mounted during first half of 2016 on two new built wind turbine service operation vessels (SOV) ordered by Bernhard Schulte and their affiliate Windea Offshore. This is the first dedicated wind farm vessels with the new ULSTEIN SX175 design with X-STERN and X-BOW from Ulstein Design & Solution.

The vessels will be ready for Siemens charter when both the “Gemini” and “Sandbank” offshore wind projects are scheduled to begin operations. In addition they have also the ability to use the vessels in the nearby “DanTysk” wind farm.

SX175 Windea GraySea SB Aft

“We have been working hard to develop solutions that reduce costs, increases uptime and safety for wind farms. It is a vote of confidence and gives us a trigger to stretch for even further development when we continue to enter into contracts with forefront and major companies in the renewable industry. It has been made a lot of effort from all involved parties in this Siemens tender and it makes us very pleased that our DnV approved UPTIME 23,4m motion compensated gangway has been chosen as the preferred solution for this wind farms says Sales & Marketing Director Svein Ove Haugen”.

 

UPTIME gangway at Baltic 2

“Island Crown” with the 23,4m AMC gangway is here seen working at Baltic 2

Only with the UPTIME AMC system can the gangway dock directly to a flat bulkhead and the crew can walk across without landing the gangway.

Multiple redundancies and safeguards make sure this operation is safe and efficient for the vessel and crew.

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Press release: New ”walk to work” contract

Uptime International has entered into contract with ESVAGT AS for delivery of an active motion compensated gangway included an adjustable pedestal.

Photo from left: Carsten Larsen Supply chain Manager ESVAGT, Bjørnar Huse CEO Uptime and Gerner Eskelund project director ESVAGT

The walk to work system will be mounted during early 2016 on their new build windturbine service operation vessel (SOV). This is the first dedicated wind farm vessel with an adjustable pedestal, which enables the walk to work system to land at several heights with a high operability. The vessel is designed by Havyard and is chartered by Statoil to do service operations at the Dudgeon Offshore wind farm.

Photo: ESVAGT vessel with Havyard design and Uptime motion compensated gangway

Dudgeon is the first offshore windfarm in the UK that will be using a Service Operating Vessel including an active motion compensated walk to work system.

“We have been working hard to develop solutions that reduce costs, and increases uptime and safety for wind farms. It is a vote of confidence and gives us a trigger to stretch for even further development when we enter into contracts with forefront shipowners like ESVAGT. We are also very pleased that major companies like Statoil, Statkraft and Masdar are choosing Uptime walk to work system as the preferred solution for wind farms” says Sales & Marketing Director Svein Ove Haugen.

Siem Moxie naming ceremony

Siem Offshore vessel “Siem Moxie” with Uptime gangway  was christened in the harbor of Hamburg last Thursday


The “Siem Moxie” will be deployed on E.ON’s Amrumbank West offshore wind farm project by Siem Offshore Contractors for the installation of the inner array grid submarine cable system. It will be the vessel’s first area of operation.

The vessel’s key features are a 3D motion-compensated knuckle boom crane and an active motion compensated personnel transfer gangway, permitting the safe transfer of work crews.

“We chose the “Siem Moxie” because it will make our installation operations extremely safe and efficient,” Sven Utermöhlen explains. “In addition it will help make the construction of offshore wind farms more cost-effective, thereby helping this technology move closer to market maturity.”