Damen, Ampelmann and Veem are offering a single-solution package for crew transfer they claim marks “a step-change for marine access solutions”.
The package combines a Damen fast crew supply vessel (FCS), an Ampelmann L-type gangway and Veem stabilisers.
While the vessel can operate with just a gangway system fitted, the gyro system enhances stability and during testing Veem’s stabilisers were found to offer a roll reduction of between 35% and 40%.
In an event at the end of June, the three companies demonstrated their collaboration to delegates from the offshore renewable and non-renewable sectors aboard a Damen FCS 5009 vessel fitted with an Ampelmann L-type gangway and two Veem VG 260SD gyro stabilisers.
The vessel sailed from IJmuiden in the Netherlands to Eneco’s Princess Amalia offshore windfarm and demonstrated connecting the L-type gangway to a wind turbine.
Damen business development manager David Stibbe said by working alongside Ampelmann and Veem, “We are able to act as a marine access knowledge centre, capable of delivering completely integrated solutions using proven technology that is both safe and cost-efficient.”
Ampelmann crew change market manager Wiebe Jan Emsbroek said the demonstration “clearly showed the need to have partners to deliver a single solution for safe and efficient personnel transfer”.
Mr Stibbe added that Damen’s new fast crew supply vessel design, the FCS 7011, will incorporate Veem’s VG 1000 SD stabiliser, giving it a roll reduction of up to 70% in 2.5 m significant wave heights.