Ampelmann develops angular boom tip for safe Beatrice wind turbine installation

11 December 2017 (Last Updated December 12th, 2017 15:57)

Offshore access solutions provider Ampelmann has developed a new angular boom tip that allows workers to safely and efficiently install jackets for wind turbines.

Ampelmann develops angular boom tip for safe Beatrice wind turbine installation
Ampelmann’s angular boom tip. Credit: Ampelmann.

Offshore access solutions provider Ampelmann has developed a new angular boom tip that allows workers to safely and efficiently install jackets for wind turbines.

Ampelmann was awarded an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract by the global offshore contractor Seaway Heavy Lifting to develop the angular boom tip.

The new solution will be used to install a total of 84 turbine jackets at the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project in Outer Moray Firth, Scotland. It will provide a secure connection for safe gangway transfer between the 5,000t heavy lift vessel (HLV) Oleg Strashnov and the 2,500t HLV Stanislav Yudin.

These rounded gangway tips can fit on the majority of offshore wind turbines or offshore assets.

“The company carried out the design, development and installation of the detachable tip for approximately two months.”

Ampelmann provided a custom V-shaped tip for the project at the end of the 25m gangway to offer workers easy access to build and manage each new wind structure.

The company carried out the design, development and installation of the detachable tip for approximately two months.

The solution is currently integrated on the Beatrice project using Ampelmann’s A-type motion compensated gangway system, which is capable of transferring people with zero movement in significant wave heights of up to 3m.

Ampelmann offshore wind sales and business development manager Friso Talsma said: “Though the tip is a quite a straightforward piece of steel, the rubber covered angular shape now allows us to land at difficult angles as small as 45°, while eliminating the risk of gaps between gangway and structure.

“It’s a new innovation, tailor-made for this particular project and overcomes a significant safety and potentially costly challenge faced by the operators to ensure safe access to the structures.”

Scheduled to become fully operational in 2019, the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm is estimated to be capable of supplying power to approximately 450,000 households.

Construction for the project started this year.