Strong winds lead Ampelmann business

Ampelmann E-type The Ampelmann E-type being utilised on an offshore platform. Credit: Ampelmann
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Ampelmann won 10 new offshore wind industry contracts in 2018 beginning with a Vroon Offshore Services contract which involved the A400 gangway system being deployed on a wind farm in the German Baltic Sea.

The A-type Enhanced Performance (AEP) will operate on Wagenborg’s second Walk to Work Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel Kasteelborg for the next six years in the Southern North Sea.

“2018 has been a record-setting year on many fronts,” said CEO Jan van der Tempel. “With our fleet back to full operational strength, we have seen moments of near full utilisation.”

During the year, the company was awarded another four new contracts and two extended scopes of work in the North Sea basin. The projects involved six E-type gangway systems being deployed by different major operators for planned shutdown campaigns and ongoing fabric maintenance support across the UKCS. In September alone, five more contracts were secured in the offshore wind sector.

Decommissioning

Decommissioning activity was also a focus for the company last year. An E-type gangway system was installed on the Olympic Orion vessel to carry out a two-month campaign for Spirit Energy to prepare the Audrey platform for decommissioning.

In May, Ampelmann secured two contracts with vessel owner L.A.T.C. Marine Limited, on behalf of ExxonMobil, for the supply of two L-type gangway systems to offshore Nigeria.

The N-type Icemann gangway system, which can withstand temperatures of -40°C, has been in operation for one year and achieved more than 60,000 safe people transfers to date.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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