Damen, Ampelmann and VEEM join forces in providing a single marine access solution
At the end of June, Damen Shipyards Group along with Ampelmann and VEEM hosted a Marine Access Event. Over two days, delegates from both the offshore renewable and non-renewable industries had the opportunity to sail from IJmuiden in the Netherlands to experience the latest in marine access solutions. The demonstrations took place on board a Damen Fast Crew Supplier 5009 equipped with an Ampelmann L-type gangway and two VEEM VG 260SD gyro stabilisers.
This combination of VEEM gyro stabilizers, the latest Ampelmann L-type gangway system and a Damen FCS 5009 marks a step change for marine access solutions. Embarking at IJmuiden, visitors from Europe, the Middle East, South America and Africa took to the waters of the North Sea and experienced the L-type gangway being connected to a wind turbine at Eneco’s Princess Amalia offshore wind farm. Following the demonstration, this Ampelmann L-type will be shipped directly to Nigeria where it will be installed on another FCS 5009, owned by L.A.T.C. Marine Limited and operating for ExxonMobil.
Wiebe Jan Emsbroek, Crew Change Market Manager at Ampelmann, said: “To be able to demonstrate the capabilities of the Ampelmann L-type system in combination with the FCS 5009 and VEEM’s gyro stabilizers was extremely important. It clearly showed the need to have partners to deliver a single solution for safe and efficient personnel transfer. It was great to see that industry peers travelled from near and far to join us for this event.”
Testing of the VEEM stabilizers proved to be a complete success with a roll reduction of between 35-40%, combined with the faultless performance of the Ampelmann system. David Stibbe, Damen Business Development Manager, said: “One of the many interesting features of the event was demonstrating the gyro stabilizers being switched on and off at the push of a button. This enabled guests to appreciate the positive effect they have on the vessel’s roll motion. Looking to the anticipated combination on the next generation of Damen fast crew suppliers, our new FCS 7011 design will feature the larger VEEM VG 1000 SD stabilizer, which will achieve a roll reduction of up to 70% in 2.5m significant wave heights."
Guests also had the opportunity to attend a series of short presentations delivered by representatives of all three companies. Damen, Ampelmann and VEEM covered the latest developments in marine crew change solutions, fast crew supply vessels, motion compensated gangway designs and gyro stabilization technology.
“This event follows the successful operation of a Damen FCS 5009 equipped with an Ampelmann L-type, that is now deployed off the coast of Nigeria,” continued David Stibbe, “and our development work on the FCS 7011, which is progressing well. These steps demonstrate that, by working together with our partners Ampelmann and VEEM and pooling our respective specialist knowledge, Damen can provide its clients with so much more than just a vessel. We are able to act as a marine access knowledge centre, capable of delivering completely integrated solutions using proven technology that is both safe and cost-efficient.”
VEEM Chairman Brad Miocevich, who attended the trials, said: “The performance of the VG 260 SDs were absolutely as predicted and exceeded Damen’s expectations. It was impressive to see the new Damen, Ampelmann, VEEM combination working so seamlessly. I am very excited to be able to sign off on the performance of the VG 260 SDs on the Damen FCS 5009 vessel. It is even more encouraging to receive Damen’s confirmation that they would now like to proceed to the purchase phase & confirm the commercial requirements & delivery dates to supply the VG1000SD for the new Damen FCS 7011.”
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Damen Shipyards Group
Damen Shipyards Group operates 34 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 10,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 160 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.
Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.
Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.
For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, winches, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has a worldwide network of eighteen repair and conversion yards of which twelve are located in North West Europe. Facilities at the yards include more than 50 floating and (covered) drydocks, the largest of which is 420 x 90 metres, as well as slopes, ship lifts and indoor halls. Projects range from the smallest simple repairs through Class’ maintenance to complex refits and the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,300 repair and maintenance jobs annually, both at yards as well as in ports and during voyage.
VEEM Ltd (ASX:VEE) is a market leading manufacturer of stabilizers for super yachts, offshore work vessels and patrol boats. VEEM Gyro stabilizers reduce the rolling motion of vessels in waves, increasing on-sea time and improving personnel safety in a wide range of ocean conditions. VEEM is also a successful producer of propellers, fin systems and specialised components for the aerospace, oil and gas, and defence industries. Proudly headquartered in Perth, Western Australia, VEEM operates from a 10,500sqm purpose-built fabrication and manufacturing facility, including Australia’s largest non-ferrous foundry. We employ 180 staff in Australia, including graduates and apprentices, and maintain a highly skilled research and development team in-house. Celebrating our 50th anniversary in business in 2018, VEEM was listed on the Australian stock exchange in 2016.
Ampelmann is the industry leader in providing safe Walk to Work services and solutions for the global offshore energy industries. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company currently operates a fleet of more than 60 operational systems in Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific, the Americas and the Middle East. Its innovative and reliable transfer and cargo solutions are designed and tailored to meet the needs of the ever changing offshore industry. Founded in 2007, the company has a proven track record of more than four million safe people transfers, more than eight million kg cargo transfers and 250 projects worldwide.