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. This marks an important turning point for Ampelmann, and will see the first introduction of its ‘Walk to Work’ system to the American renewable energy sector.
In Q3 2023, the E1000 system is scheduled to be fitted to the Inspection, Maintenance and Repair vessel (IMR), Paul Candies, to support the hook-up and commissioning of turbines. The system compensates for all six degrees of freedom in relation to the vessel and turbine, thereby promoting safe and reliable offshore access in seas of up to 4.5 metres during its year of 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; while 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 one time, which is expected to greatly increase the speed and efficiency of operations.