New contract in the oil & gas segment

We are pleased to announce yet another sale of an Uptime gangway to an undisclosed customer operating in the oil & gas industry. The unit is a 46.5m (38.5 +/-8 metres) passive motion compensated gangway, the largest gangway type currently in use in this market. If you are interested in more information about Uptime access systems, please send us an e-mail to sales@uptime.no or call us at +47 70 30 08 30.

UPTIME awarded 3 contracts for VARD service operation vessels.

Uptime International AS (UPTIME) has been awarded 3 contracts from Vard Singapore Pte Ltd for the supply of 3 walk to work systems to be included on their new build vessels for North Star Renewables to be built at VARD’s Vard Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam.The vessels will be operating on the first two phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, currently being built in the North Sea.

UPTIME’s scope of supply consists of three complete access systems for personnel and cargo, each consisting of a 30m autonomous gangway with artificial intelligence, mounted on elevator towers to ensure highest possible logistics capability between vessel and turbines. One of the gangways will also have a motion compensated 3D crane function included in the delivery. The project will commence immediately with a project duration of approximately 22 months in total.

All three vessels have been contracted by North Star Renewables to be used at the Dogger Bank A and B phases of the offshore wind farm currently under construction. Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be located more than 130km off the North East coast of England and comprises three 1.2GW phases. When complete in 2026, it will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world. .

Sivert Skårn, General Director of VARD’s shipyard Vard Vung Tau in a statement says;

“These three vessels are developed specifically to handle planned maintenance for the Dogger Bank Wind Farm. The Walk to Work system from UPTIME with its height-adjustable, motion-compensated, and autonomous gangway with corresponding elevator system being a key design element to ensure efficient and safe logistics. We look forward working together with UPTIME for these future-oriented vessels to North Star Renewables.”

Andrew Duncan, Renewables Director of North Star Renewables in a statement says; 

“Our high-quality service offshore vessel (SOV) design for the Dogger Bank Wind Farm has taken into consideration all the available technologies to ensure the safety and comfort of those on board, while also delivering superior performance with a low environmental footprint. Throughout the last two years of bringing our SOV concept to realisation, UPTIME has been consistent in their approach to supporting our vision. We look forward to seeing their state-of-the-art elevator tower and autonomous 30m gangways being installed on our fleet of SOVs to support safe and efficient operations at the development.”

Svein Ove Haugen, VP Sales & Marketing of UPTIME International AS in a statement says;

“We are proud and humbled to be chosen as the Walk to Work system provider for this important project, specially taken into mind the focus that has been given to ensure efficient logistics at the highest possible operability when designing these VARD state-of-the-art vessels. We now look forward to delivering a successful project towards VARD and their customer North Star Renewables.”

At 3.6GW Dogger Bank is being built in three equal phases of 1.2GW. Phases A and B are a joint venture between Equinor (40%) SSE Renewables (40%) and Eni (20%). The third phase is a joint venture between Equinor (50%) and SSE Renewables (50%) and is being built on a different timescale.

Proud moments

Uptime International presents world`s first DnVGL ST-0358 type 1 autonomous walk to work gangway including artificial intelligence.

Uptime 30m autonomous gangway type 1

After our successful FAT this week will now the autonomous gangway be prepared for installation on Island Offshore vessel Island Clipper before it starts working for Equinor.

This is the second Uptime delivery of autonomous gangway this year, first delivery was a DnVGL ST-0358 type 2 gangway for BS Offshore vessel Jules Verne now in charter for GE.

Uptime walk to work for Equinor at Oseberg H

Island Offshore have forwarded these nice pictures from Oseberg H where their vessel Island Clipper with our Uptime 23,4m amc gangway are doing safe walk to work transfer for Equinor .

Uptime 23,4m active motion compensated gangway is worlds first gangway that have achieved Equinor TRL7 approval for motion compensated gangways(2017). TRL 7 is Statoil’s highest technology readiness level.

Island Clipper with Uptime 23,4m amc gangway
Island Clipper doing safe walk to work at Oseberg H for Equinor
Equinor staff ready for safe walk to work transfer

Worlds first autonomous gangway ready for charter

Bernhard Schulte Offshore GmbH have taken delivery of their new Service Operation Vessel “Windea Jules Verne” from Ulstein Verft. The vessel is based on the Ulstein SX 195 design from Ulstein Design & Solution AS and will work at the Merkur Offshore Wind farm, where she will be operating for GE Renewable Energy.

Windea Jules Verne is equipped with an Uptime 30m gangway with autonomous landing and artificial intelligence. The gangway have also a crane function making it able to lift 4 ton.

Uptime gangway on worlds largest crane vessel

Heerema Sleipnir is designed for worldwide offshore heavy lifting. It is equipped with two cranes of 10,000 metric tonnes lifting capacity each and a reinforced deck area of 220 meters in length and 102 meters in width, which make it the largest crane vessel in the world.

Heerema Sleipnir – photo: Heerema
Uptime team doing commissioning on Heerema Sleipnir – Photo Oddbjørn Førland

Gangway mounted is our Uptime 42,5m gangway purchased by Heerema in the 80`s to be used for different project at convenience.

Uptime gangway mounted and ready for walk to work transfer – Photo Oddbjørn Førland

COVID-19

In line with our slogan of Safe and Reliable Uptime is taking all necessary measures to help limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus whilst continuing to support our customers globally.

An integral part of our effort is to continuously monitor and rapidly implementing relevant rules and guidelines as they are being rolled out from various governments. Measures implemented to support this includes:

  • Home office for all admin staff.
  • Reduced travel activity to only that which is strictly necessary.
  • Implemented guidelines on social distancing for all staff.
  • Close communication and status updates for our team, customers and suppliers.

We are pleased to inform you that despite the challenges our operation is so far running close to normal much thanks to the effort of our team and suppliers along with the close collaboration from our customers.

We remain committed to continue to support our valued customers and encourage you to make contact to update us on any upcoming service needs in order for us to coordinate our resources accordingly.

Thank you for your contribution and understanding. 

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