UK-based Osbit and subsea technology company Seatools, have teamed up to develop a new active motion compensated gangway system.
The collaboration has already created its first product innovation. Both companies stated that the combination of Osbit’s experience in supplying telescopic gangway equipment and Seatools’ control system solutions created the MaXccess AM-Series Walk to Work telescopic gangway. Foundation for this innovation was Osbit’s passive telescopic gangway MaXccess P-Series.
The new MaXccess AM-Series, according to Osbit, has a real-time, active control systems provided by Seatools, allowing AM-Series gangways to actively compensate for vessel motions.
Tony Trapp, Executive Chairman of Osbit, said: “Entering into this collaborative agreement with Seatools supports Osbit’s ambition to create innovative and effective solutions for the offshore industry. Seatools has established an enviable reputation for the development and deployment of bespoke, real-time control systems for offshore equipment. Its proven technology, combined with our design and build expertise, will add real value and reduce risk for our customers”
Jan Frumau, Managing Director of Seatools added: “This cooperation brings out the best of the expertise of the two companies by combining Osbit’s knowledge of heavy duty, cost effective mechanical and hydraulic solutions with Seatools’ expertise in subsea equipment and advanced controls. I am convinced that together we are capable of providing highly innovative yet very robust and reliable solutions for our clients.”
Both companies also stated that the AM-Series gangways, with its active compensation for vessel motions will be able to transfer personnel quickly and safely to a wide range of offshore structures.