Ampelmann and Sakhalin Energy Investment signed an agreement to install and operate a winterized version of an Ampelmann’s motion compensated gangway system. This system is designed to be capable of safely and efficiently transferring work crew in temperatures down to -28˚C, and will therefore be able to support Sakhalin Energy’s requirements to continue maintenance and increase offshore POB year round in the Sakhalin-2 field.
The winterized Ampelmann, project name “Icemann,” will be installed on one of Sakhalin Energy’s new ice breaking support vessels, which is due for delivery next year. Ampelmann will engineer and build this bespoke system for Sakhalin Energy. The contract duration will be for 10 years. The system will have to deal with extreme icing, vibrations, and vessel motions, while maintaining a safe, efficient, and reliable means of transfer. In addition, Sakhalin Energy will charter a standard, non-winterized version of the Ampelmann motion compensated gangway for five years, to be installed on a second ice breaking support vessel and to support the personnel transfer requirements during the summer period.
“Sakhalin Energy has been using our service to support the summer operations with the intention to gain experience with our system,” said Jim Craig, CEO of Ampelmann. “This ultimately has now resulted in this long term commitment for year round personnel transfer support. We thank Sakhalin Energy for their trust and cooperation and look forward to many safe transfers in these harsh conditions.”