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.

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

Uptime sponsor of Industry leader 2020 award

Uptime International as a proud sponsor is pleased to announce that Offshore Support Journal (“OSJ”), a British magazine and organizer of conferences for the offshore services sector, has named Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, Chairwoman of Maersk Supply Service winner of the «Industry Leader» award amongst 50 nominated industry leaders world-wide.

 2020 Industry leader winner Henriette Thygesen with the award handed over by Uptime International representative Svein Ove Haugen on the right and last year winner Seacor Marine Holdings chief executive John Gellert on the left

Henriette Thygesen was appointed chairwoman of the board of MSS on 1 June 2019. A shipping industry veteran with more than 25 years’ experience, Ms Thygesen joined AP-Moller-Maersk as a management trainee in 1994.

Ms Thygesen said the award was not hers, but belonged to the entire company.

“I do feel it’s not really my award. It is an award that belongs to the employees of Maersk Supply and the leadership of Maersk Supply,” she said. “It’s a recognition of all the hard work that’s been done over the past years to transform the company in very tough times. It’s required a lot of stamina and a lot of creativity, and I see my role as chairman of the board to support that.”

Uptime Gangway day 2019

More than 50 professionals from Oil & Gas and the offshore wind industry visited Uptime for our Gangway Day 2019. Main attraction was of course our live presentation of worlds first Autonomous gangway. The presentations with several landings “without hands” went very well, stating an increased operability and safety for the users.

Uptime 30m amc autonomous gangway can be delivered as Typ1 and Type2 gangway and do also have a crane function making it able to lift 4 ton

We will also highlight that the gangway have a slipp-off detection/function, that the HPU are skid-mounted to be integrated in the vessel and that the operator will be located at the bridge.

For more information, please contact our sales department.