Allseas has awarded Netherlands-based offshore equipment company SMST a new rental contract for a motion compensated gangway.

The contract also includes operating crew, and relates to personnel transfer operations in UK waters.

In July, the commissioning team of SMST mobilized the gangway, the Telescopic Access Bridge M-Series (TAB-M), on board the offshore construction vessel Oceanic. The vessel provides construction support and accommodation for the crew that is preparing the eight-legged steel jacket for removal in this third phase of the project. “After successful operations in the second phase of the decommissioning, we have chosen the reliable gangway system of SMST to assist us once more”, said Jeroen van der Sman, Project Manager at Allseas.

In addition to the deployment of the motion compensated gangway, Allseas is also using SMST to operate the system during this project. “We are very pleased to continue our cooperation with Allseas”, says Menno de Jong, Sales Manager at SMST. The gangway on board Oceanic is installed directly on deck to access the jacket structure, whereas during the previous decom phase the topside was accessed via the gangway on six stacking modules. Menno de Jong adds: “Also during this project they profit from our modular W2W solution that enables continuous and safe access on various heights.”

SMST, situated in Drachten (The Netherlands), is an internationally oriented company that designs and builds offshore equipment. The SMST products covers a wide range of systems for access, lifting, drilling, pipe lay and specials.

By Jake Frith