OTC 2018: Ampelmann highlights gangway system for arctic operations

Ampelmann has won an OTC Spotlight Award for the N-type gangway.

Ampelmann N-type ganaway system
Ampelmann N-type ganaway system

Offshore staff

HOUSTON– Ampelmann has won an OTC Spotlight Award for the N-type gangway.

The N-type, nicknamed Icemann, is designed to safely and efficiently transfer crew in extreme icing and temperatures as low as -28°C (-18°F). The fully enclosed and insulated system is operational in sea states up to 3.5 m (11 ft) significant wave height and comprises active motion compensation.

The system can rotate to 360 degrees and is controlled from the vessel with flexibility in platform landing locations and directions. It is certified under the winterization design code DNV-GL-OS-A201.

Last year the Icemann was installed on theStepan Makarov, a new ice-class platform standby vessel built for the Sakhalin-2 project under a 20-year charter between Sakhalin Energy and vessel operator, Sovcomflot.

It is the first standby vessel in the world to use such a gangway for operations in severe ice states and temperatures. Since August 2017, the system has conducted more than 22,500 transfers.

Ampelmann is exhibiting at booth #1425 in the Dutch Pavilion.

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