Access and cargo tower feedback

SMST equipment aboard 'Acta Centaurus' SMST equipment aboard 'Acta Centaurus'

Now that Acta Marine’s new walk-to-work vessel ‘Acta Centaurus’ has been working for 1.5 months in the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm, crane supplier SMST has provided feedback on its systems’ performance.

During this first charter with MHI Vestas, the new built DP2 Service Operation Vessel (SOV) has supported installation and commissioning of 31 turbines. SMST has provided feedback on the Access & Cargo Tower with motion compensated gangway and 3D Motion Compensated Crane it supplied to the vessel and describes the results as ‘successful’.

The integrated tower with elevator and telescopic motion compensated gangway, enables stepless transfer of technicians and cargo from vessel to offshore structure, in a safe and efficient way in significant wave heights up to 3 metres. The landing height adjustment system of the Access & Cargo Tower travels to platform heights up to 24.9 meters.

The Motion Compensated Crane is designed to transfer cargo safely to the offshore structure. The crane performs 3D compensated lifts up to six tons and provides a large operational window enabling the vessel and its crew to operate in sea conditions up to Hs 2.5 metres.

During the first operations SMST’s personnel were onboard for assistance of all delivered equipment. For operation of the gangway and 3D crane SMST provided qualified training on-board for the vessel’s own crew.

Following the deliveries of the SMST equipment to Acta Marine’s Acta Auriga and Acta Centaurus, SMST has increased its track experience in Access & Cargo Towers with a total of four delivered and four systems ordered.

By Jake Frith

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