Dutch Ampelmann introduces walk-to-work to US offshore wind


United States – Ampelmann, a Dutch offshore access provider, has signed its first offshore wind contract in the United States.

The marine transportation and towing company Otto Candies will receive an E1000 motion compensated system to help with operations during the construction of the Southfork, Revolution, and Sunrise wind farms in the north-east US Atlantic. This is a watershed moment for the company, as Walk to Work (W2W) will be introduced to the American renewable energy sector.

Efficient operations

The E1000 will be installed on the Inspection, Maintenance and Repair Vessel (IMR), Paul Candies, in Q3 2023 to assist with turbine hook-up and commissioning. Because the system compensates for all six degrees of freedom in relation to the vessel and turbine during its year-long operation, it will provide safe, consistent, and reliable offshore access in sea states up to 4,5m Hs.

Along with providing safe personnel access, the system will be used to hoist cargo, equipment, and tools weighing up to 1,000kg, and the gangway’s fuel transfer capabilities will allow for generator and turbine testing. The E1000 will be able to service multiple turbines at once after converting the Paul Candies into a W2W vessel, greatly increasing the speed and efficiency of operations.