Ampelmann moves to strengthen its foothold in crew change and decommissioning markets
In an effort to meet the needs of a changing marketplace, and to strengthen its foothold in crew change and decommissioning, Ampelmann is adapting its walk-to-work (W2W) access systems, providing a complete package for a project instead of building standalone solutions.
The combination of an accommodation vessel and an Ampelmann W2W system brings multiple benefits to an offshore oil and gas project, according to the company. This includes higher safety standards, increased cost-efficiency of operations and the ability to deploy accommodation in close proximity to an offshore fixed or floating platform.
Ampelmann manager for sales and business development in European oil, gas and offshore wind Friso Talsma said the combination of “an accommodation vessel and a W2W system has become increasingly sought-after”. He explained that large offshore projects require hundreds of people with different experience and capabilities working in shifts, which is most cost-effectively managed with an accommodation vessel. This is less costly than using crew supply vessels and helicopters and building a fixed accommodation platform, he noted.
Ampelmann has a fleet of around 60 operational W2W systems that are combined with a range of vessels that provide accommodation for different oil and gas projects in various environmental conditions and different offshore sectors.
It developed the Ampelmann N-type system specifically for work in adverse weather conditions. Also known as the Icemann, it is Ampelmann’s largest system in its portfolio.
"In November, Ampelamm announced it had completed 500,000 safe personnel transfers for BP worldwide – on 17 projects in seven countries"
It provides full motion compensation and can work in temperatures as low as -28°C. It operates on an icebreaking standby vessel in Sakhalin, Russia, and has enabled more than 60,000 safe personnel transfers to date.
“The combination of the vessel and the Ampelmann Icemann has not only enabled the client to increase their personnel on board, but also to decrease the average transfer time per person and the use of alternative offshore access methods,” said Mr Talsma.
“Driving the W2W industry forward is only possible if companies work together to create better services,” he added.
For example, Ampelmann has provided access systems for major projects operated by BP globally. In November, Ampelamm announced that it had completed 500,000 safe personnel transfers for BP worldwide – on 17 projects in seven countries.
BP has used Ampelmann A- and E-type systems, both of which can operate in sea states of 3 m wave heights and higher. Tailored solutions have included the slideway as an add-on that enables the continuous flow of personnel from vessel to offshore platform.
In December 2018, Ampelmann secured two new contracts in the Asia Pacific region for W2W systems. In India, vessel operator MMA Offshore will install an A-type on multipurpose vessel Falcon for more than six months of offshore maintenance work on production platforms. This is the second contract between Ampelmann and MMA Offshore, the first one enabled a similar workscope in Brunei.
The second new contract involves an A-type W2W system being installed on vessel NPP Nusantara, which is operating in Indonesia for Bintang Subsea Indonesia. This will support personnel transfers between a temporary flotel and a floating production asset.
In August 2018, Ampelmann was awarded four new contracts and two extended scopes of work in the North Sea. This involved the company’s E-type gangway systems for planned shutdown campaigns and ongoing fabric maintenance support by different major operators across the UK’s continental shelf.