Vestland Offshore and Safeway signed a purchase agreement for the delivery of one plus two (1+2) Seagull class motion compensated gangway systems.
The first system will be installed on the Vestland Cygnus, a Wärtsilä VS485 MKIII. The vessel will undergo a conversion program at the Fjellstrand shipyard where an accommodation unit will be installed to raise the total capacity to 134 persons on board. Furthermore a knuckle boom crane with subsea capabilities and Safeway’s motion compensated gangway system will be installed.
“Safeway’s unique gangway features enable us to offer our clients unsurpassed workability and safety which is crucial for Walk-to-Work capabilities. The smart and innovative technology used in the Safeway really stands out from current available technologies in the market” says Hans Martin Gravdal, board member of Vestland Offshore. “The unique gangway performance in combination with the well-proven Wärtsilä design allows us to operate in increased weather windows and safely transfer offshore personnel at a year-round basis on demanding projects including the North Sea”.
“Safeway has been overwhelmed with positive feedback from the market since its introduction during OTC Houston in May 2015, offering a best-in-class personnel transfer solution. The unique and patent pending features are such a big step forward in technology and safety that we can truly call Safeway the arrival of the next generation of motion compensated gangways” says Wijnand van Aalst, Safeway’s CEO. “We are very pleased with this first contract from Vestland Offshore which proves that operators are seeking smart innovative solutions and trust our capabilities”.
Safeway’s Wijnand van Aalst (left) and Hans Martin Gravdal (right)of Vestland Offshore.