Dutch offshore transfer equipment manufacturer Safeway has been contracted by Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) to supply a Safeway Seagull motion-compensated gangway system for installation on the construction support vessel Normand Baltic
This contract marks the first time the Safeway Seagull system with 3D crane functionality will be deployed to transfer personnel and cargo during an offshore wind project in Taiwan.
HMC will transport and install 111 turbine foundations and two large offshore substations for a Taiwanese windfarm project using the offshore heavy-lift vessel Aegir.
Safeway reports the rental contract for the 28 m walk-to-work Safeway Seagull gangway will commence during H1 2021 for an initial term of up to 168 days, with an option for a possible extension.
“We have already reached record transfer speeds for the safe and efficient transfer of people and cargo with this type of gangway, and we are excited to be partnering with Heerema for the very first time and for the opportunity to prove to them our high-quality service,” said Safeway chief executive Wijnand van Aalst.
Noting the contract was Safeway’s ‘first’ W2W-project offshore Taiwan, Mr Van Aalst said “Not only are we adding a new country to our portfolio, we are also gaining further access to the Asia Pacific region after successful jobs in Australia and Malaysia. Walk-to-work operations are becoming increasingly important in this region and with our Safeway Seagull gangway we can ensure maximum efficiency of operations for our clients.”
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