OceanXpress – new crew change solution from Damen and Ampelmann


The Netherlands – OceanXpress, a joint venture between Damen Shipyards and Ampelmann, will provide offshore crew change solutions in the North Sea.

This partnership will see the launch of a new offshore access service that combines Damen’s Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 7011 Aqua Helix with Ampelmann’s S-type motion compensated gangway system.

Damen and Ampelmann will provide full logistical support to the Aqua Helix and S-type operations as a fully integrated crew supply solution for clients in the North Sea energy market through OceanXpress. Wagenborg Offshore’s crew will guide the vessel along platforms. The vessel can transport up to 120 people at a time, and the height-adjustable gangway will allow for quick crew changes between Aqua Helix and other vessels.

Concept demonstration

OceanXpress wants to improve the comfort and efficiency of crew change solutions. The vessel and integrated gangway system have proven to be up to the task after successful sea trials. Long-term and short-term commitments are now available for the next-level crew transfer service. This joint venture is set to revolutionize the offshore energy market by providing a new level of comfort, safety, and efficiency.