Ampelmann Plans Five-tonne People and Cargo Transfer System

Dutch offshore access provider Ampelmann has a new full motion compensation system in the pipeline. The E5000 has the ability to transfer personnel as well as cargo up to 5000 kilogrammes in rough waters offshore. It is expected to be operational in Q3 2020.

The system is based on the proven technology of the E1000, which has been performing safe people and cargo transfers since its launch in 2016.

‘Building on the success of the E1000 and the specific needs of our clients, we recognised an opportunity to design and develop a system that can transfer people and lift up to five tonnes tons of cargo,’ says Diederick Nierstrasz, Ampelmann’s Offshore Wind Business Unit Manager. ‘This significantly broadens the possibilities of the offshore lifting scope compared to existing systems.’

Extended Weather Window

The E5000, with its full motion compensation, will be able to operate in high sea states, thus enabling safe offshore access and extending the weather window of operations. The switch between people and cargo mode takes less than a minute and just one push of a button. This plug-and-play system turns any vessel into an all-round offshore tool and as a result, clients benefit from shorter campaign durations, increased logistical efficiency and a broader scope of work, for instance lifting fully fuelled generators to wind turbines or support blade repair projects.

As with any other Ampelmann system,  a full service package, including trained and certified operators, project preparation and execution, maintenance services and 24/7 support from the Operations Control Centre (OCC), is included.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.