Eagle-Access from the Netherlands has tested its new access system on the VOS Star in the Danish windfarm Horns Rev.2.
Around 150 people were safely transferred in a period of three weeks
People being transferred felt safe at all times. They were surprised by the speed and comfort of a transfer in a closed cabin from deck to platform and vice versa. No stairs to climb with bags or tools to carry, just step in and be transferred.
During the trials the switch from people to cargo transfer was done in seconds. Also the remotely controlled disconnecting of the cargo onto the wind generator platform was demonstrated. This novelty is highly appreciated by all users as a considerable safety improvement avoiding the presence of operators on the platform to guide and release the cargo.
A challenge in the tests on Horns Rev.2 was the extremely small TP landing surface for cargo and a cabin. Here the fully electric driven system offering extremely precise motion control was essential. This supported by cameras and object detection made it fairly easy to land even on this tiny spot in different weather conditions.
Eagle-Access allows a unique wide range of 270 degrees of possible vessel headings. For testing reasons not only the most common and comfortable headings, but also the more unfavourable vessel headings were chosen.
Optimal headings for the vessel are always possible due to the large reach and mounting on the aft of the vessel and 360 degrees rotation of the system.