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Safeway is a new type of motion-compensated access system with a motion actuator for independent roll compensation. With vessel roll being the biggest constraint for conventional gangways, this innovation provides a significant improvement in workability whilst maintaining safety margins.
Rotra Vente and near-sister vessel Rotra Mare were purpose-designed and built to ship components for offshore wind turbines between factories and ports handling and loading installation vessels. The design reflects the restrictions and challenges associated with the ports Siemens uses. The vessels can handle heavy offshore wind turbine modules, each separately weighing up to 400 tonnes.
Of the SOVs that have recently entered service, one of the most noteworthy is Bibby Marine Services’ Bibby WaveMaster 1. Although primarily intended for the offshore wind industry, this vessel is also well suited to work in the offshore oil and gas industry, as contracts already awarded to it demonstrate. The SOV has a height-adjustable walk-to-work gangway with a six-stop elevator for 100% stepless access and an innovative design that has been customised in order to ensure that windfarm technicians – or oil and gas maintenance personnel – can directly access the ship’s gangway from the warehouse areas.
VOS Start combines a stable, highly manoeuvrable platform, high-quality accommodation, onboard equipment storage and ease of access to offshore platforms. A number of walk-to-work vessels have been delivered recently, but few bring together so many innovations and so flexibly combine the ability to transport and accommodate personnel and equipment and provide access to offshore structures.
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