Stepping up North Sea activity

Ampelmann has strengthened its position in the North Sea this year after being awarded four new contracts and two extended scopes of work in the basin. The projects will see six E-type gangway systems deployed for planned shutdown campaigns and ongoing fabric maintenance support by different major operators across the UKCS.

Utilising motion compensation technology, Ampelmann’s E-type is the largest system in the company’s portfolio and is ideally suited for the harsh environment of the North Sea, able to compensate high sea states up to 4.5m Hs.

The gangway, which can transfer a full shift of up to 40 people in 15-20 minutes, enables offshore workers safe and easy access to a variety of assets, including Floating Production Offloading Storage (FPSO) units and fixed structures of all sizes to carry out essential repair and maintenance activity.

Lorenz Nehring, Ampelmann Operations (UK) Business Development Manager, commented: “We are encouraged to see an increasing number of our E-type gangway systems deployed in the North Sea in addition to the two already mobilised. Our Walk to Work systems offer a safe, cost-effective and efficient alternative to traditional transfer methods providing operators significant commercial benefits for planning campaigns.”