The Netherlands-based Barge Master has unveiled a motion-compensation system it believes can enhance the operation of feeder vessels in the offshore wind market
The new ‘BM-Feeder’ platform is based on Barge Master’s BM-T700 system and is designed to handle all of the components for offshore wind turbines.
Installed on an offshore vessel or barge it ensures that components are kept completely stable during hook-on and lift-off by an installation vessel.
The BM-Feeder would be mobilised on a US-flag vessel or barge that would load components at a US port and sail out to an installation vessel, making it a fully Jones Act-compliant solution.
“Motion-compensated feeder vessel operation has major benefits for feeder vessel operations,” said the company. “It enables a controlled hook-on and lift off by the crane of an installation vessel and after lift-off, it reduces the risk of ‘re-impact,’ eliminating swing and heaving motions.”
The company said the BM-Feeder is designed to operate in sea states of up to 2.5 m significant wave height, significantly increasing workability.
Barge Master has an extensive track record in motion-compensation technology, including motion-compensated gangways, cranes and grippers.
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