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.”


“Island Crown” delivered to owner with UPTIME AMC gangway

Island Offshore took delivery of the M/V Island Crown from Vard Brevik on May 24th, 2013.


The vessel is a purpose built Walk to Work Maintenance and Subsea Support Vessel outfitted for offshore Inspections, Maintenance and Repairs in addition to general subsea work.

The UPTIME gangway provides a permanent motion compensated gangway system for safe and easy access to and from offshore installations.

Vessel equipment also includes a long-reach offshore crane and the vessel is prepared for skid and ROV installations.

Svein Ove Haugen, Marketing Manager of UPTIME: This is the world’s first motion compensated gangway installation for two main modes: long-duration connection, unattended by operators, and the push-on-mode, providing quick mobilisation. With the push-on-mode, landings can be done very quickly against structures of almost any kind. The gangway is also the first DnV approved gangway after the new class requirements. The system has a multitude of redundancies and safeguards to ensure that this is a secure and failsafe solution.

We are humbled and proud of being able to deliver this system to Island Offshore, who in their profile use “Leader in advanced marine operations”. We congratulate the owner with a very capable vessel and look forward to seeing it in use in waters worldwide.

See the shipowner’s presentation video at:



Gangways are in use all over the world as a critical and practical access method from a vessel to platforms, windmills and other structures.

Our partner Marine Aluminium has delivered numerous such gangways over the course of years. Several gangways have a operating period counted in decades.

UPTIME offers these same constructions with full motion compensation, making it possible to land delicately on any structure without any specific adaptations on the receiving end. The gangways are also 100% open under operation, so personnel can cross the gangway without engaging a specific mode, even hundreds can cross without the system having to be parked or moved to ensure access.

The gangway is made in seawaterproof aluminium, making for a durable and lightweight construction. With a reference list of hundreds of helidecks, we can prove that the structural integrity of the construction is well taken care of.

Please look at the specific models we offer. We also offer a custom design option, where length and other parameters can be agreed upon after customer input and request.

Click “brochure” to download our 8-page brochure, with some details on both our gangways (short and long) and also the motion compensated helideck.

More information is of course available upon request!