Ampelmann delivers safe and efficient offshore access solutions to the global offshore energy sector. Its portfolio of modular and energy efficient gangways is tailored to meet every local and global demand, providing reliable and consistent access to offshore installations in a variety of sea states and weather conditions. In collaboration with the engineers at DROMEC Winches, Ampelmann has developed 3 electric energy-efficient winch systems.
Ampelmann previously used hydraulic transfer systems, employing a big power pack to operate cylinders and hydraulic hoisting winches. In this era of sustainability and energy conservation, Ampelmann approached the engineers at DROMEC Winches to jointly devise a more sustainable solution. This led to the electrification of 3 winch systems, resulting in a net consumption of 10% related to the previous big power pack, a significant reduction compared for the 31-meter-long gangway.
Kees-Jaap van Nes, Senior Project Manager at Ampelmann, says,
“I am very satisfied with our collaboration with Dromec. It’s a great product developed through excellent teamwork.”
Crane Hoisting Winch
The offshore vessel navigates to the wind turbine for various maintenance and operations tasks. An electric hoisting winch installed at the tip of the gangway enables the gangway to function as a crane. With a high nominal load, tools are hoisted to the wind turbine. To reduce weight, this winch is predominantly constructed with lightweight components. This upgrade allows the crane to transfer more equipment with a peak speed.
The gangway features a telescopic extension system with 2 winch systems, each capable of exerting a powerful force. This system is fully redundant for safety and operational reliability. Operating under constant tension, the entire system is heavily utilized, even in seas with a significant wave height of 3.5 meters. With a peak speed, the gangway can extend and retract using the winch system.
Height Adjust Winch
At the base of the offshore vessel, there is a large winch, which raises the entire gangway to the required height. Powered by dual motors, the gangway can be lifted 15 meters. The redundancy of dual motors ensures operational reliability. It is possible to position the gangway using a single motor at a lower speed if needed.
Geerart, an engineer at DROMEC, says,
“With Ampelmann, we truly reach an optimum solution. We understand the technical aspects together and are capable of collaboratively improving for the future. The transition from hydraulic to electric power has significantly reduced energy consumption. Our alignment in terms of system control is also remarkable. There is mutual appreciation, and based on this initial design of the upgraded winch systems, more innovations will follow.”