Ampelmann signs 13 new contracts in European offshore wind 



The E1000 system can switch from personnel to cargo transfer mode in less than a minute.

Dutch offshore wind access company Ampelmann signed 13 contracts in 2021 to provide motion-compensated gangway solutions for personnel and cargo transfer in Europe.

“Securing these projects has brought us new opportunities to deliver the highest level of safety to offshore operations,” said Bob Rollerman, business developer for Europe at Ampelmann.

Ampelmann will use its A-type and E1000 systems for all 13 campaigns. Two will use the company’s A-hoist, an innovation that allows the A-type to efficiently and safely lift and transfer up to 240kg of cargo.

For larger cargo operations, Ampelmann is using the E1000, which can transfer loads up to 1 ton, as well as compensate for vessels’ motions in the high seas.

“Safety and efficiency are at the core of what we do at Ampelmann and the E1000 delivers on both. It significantly improves the efficiency of our client’s operations, with its ability to switch between cargo and personnel transfer in less than a minute and with the push of a button,” Rollerman said.

One of the projects is the company’s first in France, supporting the installation of a wind farm’s foundation.  “Every commissioning operation in offshore wind is a step in the right direction and entering new geographical areas in that market is particularly exciting,” Rollerman said.

part from the installation and commissioning of wind farms, Ampelmann’s systems are also supporting multiple maintenance operations. Most of the contracts are with returning customers.

The company has introduced Insights, its data-driven platform that gives clients a detailed look into their day-to-day operations, including transfer numbers, performance, and workability forecasts based on sea and weather conditions.

According to some of the latest data, Ampelmann has enabled the safe transfer of more than 22,000 people and close to 1.5 million kg of cargo so far in the new projects.