SeaEnergy and Ampelmann sign access system agreementCompany News // September 10, 2010
SeaEnergy has announced that it has signed an exclusivity agreement with Ampelmann to secure use of Ampelmann’s ship-based self stabilizing offshore access systems.
In a statement, SeaEnergy said: "The agreement takes SeaEnergy an important step closer to the launch of a marine services business aimed at providing support services for the construction, commissioning and operations and maintenance phases of offshore windfarms."
SeaEnergy plans to use the Ampelmann platforms aboard Ulstein X-BOW vessels, enabling SeaEnergy’s marine services business to provide greater levels of access and cost efficiencies to offshore wind turbine developers and operators than are currently available to them.
The company also recently signed a letter of intent with Ulstein to co-develop new service vessels for the offshore wind industry.
The integration of the Ulstein X-Bow vessel and the Ampelmann platform system will help to maximise the time that wind farm developers can put technicians onto offshore turbines, thus minimising the periods when turbines are not producing electricity and maximising their revenues.
Enhanced access to offshore turbines will also allow construction and commissioning phases to be shortened and offshore windfarms to start generating earlier.
The SeaEnergy vessel system will permit night-time operations and also enables significantly greater levels of access for maintenance in challenging conditions, particularly important in winter when access is often at its most difficult and potential production is at its greatest.
The combined Ampelmann and X-Bow system is capable of staying at sea 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing access to wind turbines virtually all year round.
The Ampelmann platform is specifically designed to actively compensate for vessel motions.