Ampelmann Operations BV

Oostsingel 209
Delft,  2612 HL

  • Booth: 1425

Ampelmann - partner in offshore access solutions

Ampelmann is the Global Leader in Walk to Work solutions by operating motion compensated offshore access systems and services all over the world. The unique Ampelmann systems enable safe, efficient and reliable transfers of personnel and cargo from vessels to offshore O&G platforms, turbines, FPSOs and all other fixed/floating structures at sea.

 Press Releases

  • AEP gangway system will support gas production in the Dutch and UK sectors of the Southern North Sea

    Ampelmann’s A-type Enhanced Performance (AEP) gangway system will transfer personnel from Wagenborg Offshore’s second Walk to Work Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel (W2W ERRV) Kasteelborg, to support gas production in the Dutch and UK sectors of the Southern North Sea. The six-year contract is with Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) and Shell UK Exploration & Production (Shell UK).

    Launched in July 2017, the AEP gangway system features an advanced motion compensation control system with precision controls to enable fast landing and comfortable people transfers. It is designed to transfer 20 personnel safely and efficiently in less than five minutes and move cargo loads of up to 100 kg with the KIB cargo basket from the vessel to offshore structures. It can operate in sea states up to 3.5 metre significant wave height..

    The Kasteelborg was converted from a standard offshore supply vessel to a specialized Walk to Work vessel in just 12 weeks at the Royal Niestern Sander shipyard in The Netherlands.

    The dimensions of the AEP are the same as Ampelmann’s original A-type gangway system. However, it boasts the ability to use smaller vessels to obtain similar or even better performance and operational stability. This ultimately saves cost by allowing flexible positioning on the vessel.

    Joeri Poelmann, Ampelmann’s Manager Sales & Business Development Europe & Africa, said: "As NAM/Shell UK is pursuing their strategy to simplify operations on unmanned offshore assets in the Southern North Sea, Wagenborg’s latest Walk to Work vessel combined with Ampelmann’s AEP will enable workers safe and easy access to carry out essential offshore maintenance activities. The gangway system significantly improves operational up-time on projects year-round and provides benefits to operators in rougher waters, including the North Sea, the coasts of South America, and the Middle East."

    The Kasteelborg is also equipped with an additional accommodation module and motion compensated crane.

  • Icemann gangway system awarded OTC Spotlight on New Technology Award

    Ampelmann, a leader in the provision of safe offshore access to the energy industry, has been commended for its innovative N-type Icemann gangway system with an OTC Spotlight on New Technology Award.

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

    The OTC Spotlight on New Technology awards recognizes the latest and most advanced technologies that are transforming the global oil and gas industry. The accolade comes as the Netherlands-based company surpassed more than four million people transfers worldwide since it was founded in 2007.

    Ampelmann created the Icemann in response to growing demand for effective and safe personnel transfer equipment in frontier regions such as sub-Arctic, Norway and Canada. The system can rotate to 360 degrees and is controlled from the vessel with flexibility in platform landing locations and directions.

    Last year the Icemann was installed on the Stepan 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. The system has already reached a milestone of more than 22,500 transfers since its arrival in August.

    Jan van der Tempel, Ampelmann’s chief executive officer, said: "At Ampelmann we are dedicated to the continued innovation of Walk to Work systems, it is fantastic to see our team’s hard work recognised by the OTC Spotlight on New Technology Awards and we look forward to receiving our award next month at the show."

    "Various extreme weather technologies were employed in the design of the Icemann, making it the most high performance gangway system that has ever been built from an operations and conditions point of view.”

    Ampelmann will be exhibiting at OTC 2018 from 30 April - 3 May on booth 1425 at the Dutch Pavilion, NRG Park, Houston, Texas.

  • Ampelmann’s A400 gangway system has set sail from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on Vroon’s Subsea Support and Walk to Work VOS Stone vessel to undertake its first deployment to transfer crew and cargo in the Arkona offshore wind farm, located in the German Baltic Sea. The Walk to Work system will be used to transfer personnel and essential cargo during commissioning work over the next eight months.

    The A400 is the latest addition to Ampelmann’s growing portfolio of innovative gangway systems and was designed and manufactured specifically for the offshore wind market. It was fabricated at the company’s dedicated manufacturing facility in Rotterdam. It follows the launch of the AEP and the N-type gangway systems in 2017.

    The 'plug and play' system combines the established motion compensation technology of Ampelmann's A-typesystem with a 1.2 metre gangway to support the use of generic cargo trolleys and euro sized pallet trolleys. This also ensures space for people to pass the trolley in case of emergencies. The system, which is controlled by a single operator, can transfer multiple personnel at a time in sea states up to 3 metres and features an elevator to support ‘stepless’ policies and increase efficiency in the logistical flow from warehouse to turbine.

    Claudia Beumer, Business Development Manager Offshore Wind, with Ampelmann, commented: "Following the process of transferring market demands to a concept design and a construction period of almost six months, it’s exciting to see the A400 finally set sail to the Arkona wind farm. This innovative gangway system enables personnel to have a safe commute from the vessel to the workplace and cargo can be transferred with ease and efficiency."

    "The A400 has been developed in conjunction with leading operators to include greater capacity for equipment transportation between vessels and wind turbines. Providing a full system that includes a gangway capable of transporting a pallet, a trolley and elevator is something we believe will be of great benefit to the offshore wind sector.

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