Ampelmann has unveiled a version of its E1000 motion-compensated gangway system, the E5000, that can transfer personnel as well as cargo of up to 5,000 kg. It is expected to be available in Q3 2020
The system is based on the technology of the E1000, which was launched in 2016.
Ampelmann offshore wind business unit manager Diederick Nierstrasz said, “Building on the E1000 and the specific needs of our clients, we recognised an opportunity to design and develop a system that can transfer people and lift up to 5 tonnes of cargo.
“That significantly broadens the possibilities of the offshore lifting scope compared to existing systems,” he said.
Ampelmann said the E5000 will be able to operate in high sea states, enabling safe offshore access and extending the weather window of operations.
The switch between people and cargo mode takes less than a minute and is accomplished with the push of a button.
The E5000 could, for instance, be used to lift fully-fuelled generators on to wind turbines or support blade repair projects.
“Clients requested more lifting capacity, and we believe the E5000 can offer a compelling package for them to get the most out of their offshore campaigns,” Mr Nierstrasz said.