Van Aalst Group installs SafeWay offshore access system in North Sea


Netherlands-based Van Aalst Group has successfully implemented another project using its SafeWay motion-compensated offshore access system in the North Sea following its previous operations in the oil and gas sector.  

Earlier, the company conducted successful transfers at offshore platforms of Total E&P Netherlands and Oranje-Nassau Energy (ONE). 

The system is used to transfer personnel and cargo safely from an offshore vessel to a structure and it can be used in the oil, gas, wind and renewable industries. It comprises a 28m-long walk-to-work Seagull-type that can handle waves of up to 3.5m in height on a standard 75m-long PSV hull. 

The first SafeWay gangway was installed on the 95m long OCV ‘Olympic Intervention IV’, owned by Olympic Subsea, Norway. 

"It comprises a 28m-long walk-to-work Seagull-type that can handle waves of up to 3.5m in height on a standard 75m-long PSV hull."

Chartered by the German wind turbine manufacturer Adwen, the DP2 vessel can accommodate 100 passengers.

Van Aalst stated that it carried out 851 people transfers in 29 days without any issues under challenging weather conditions with wave heights above 2.8m, including an additional 301 cargo transfers.

International certification agency Bureau Veritas has approved SafeWay motion-compensated gangway system.

Van Aalst offers different types of the SafeWay gangways and is currently developing a second unit, which is expected to be available in the first quarter of next year.