Wind Energy – U.S.A.
Dutch-based Ampelmann has signed its first contract in the US offshore wind market.
An E1000 motion compensated system will be supplied to the marine transportation and towing company Otto Candies to facilitate operations during the construction of the Southfork, Revolution and Sunrise wind farms – three commercial scale wind farms in the north-east US Atlantic.
In Q3 2023, the E1000 will be fitted to the Inspection, Maintenance and Repair vessel (IMR), Paul Candies, to support the hook-up and commissioning of turbines.
As the system compensates for all six degrees of freedom in relation to the vessel and turbine, it will enable safe, consistent, and reliable offshore access in sea states of up to 4,5m Hs during its year-long operation.
As well as provide safe access for personnel, the system will also be used to hoist cargo, equipment, and tools up to a tonne and the gangway’s fuel transfer capabilities will allow for the testing of the generators and turbines.
By converting the Paul Candies into a W2W vessel, the E1000 will enable the servicing of multiple turbines at once, greatly increasing the speed and efficiency of operations.