rss icon Subscribe
desktop mobile

Ampelmann Unveils the Icemann

Photo: Ampelmann

Posted by Michelle Howard

Ampelmann, provider of offshore access to the energy industry, has unveiled its latest walk to work system which has been specially designed for operation in extreme cold conditions.

The N-type, nicknamed Icemann, was officially launched in front of 200 guests on Thursday, April 20, in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Designed to safely and efficiently transfer crew in extreme icing and temperatures as low as -28C (-18F), the fully enclosed and insulated system is operational in sea states up to 3.5 meters significant wave height and comprises active motion compensation. The Icemann rotates to 360 degrees and is controlled from the vessel with flexibility in platform landing locations and directions.

Walk to work systems, where workers transfer between offshore platforms and adjacent vessels, are increasingly being used by the offshore industry as a safe and cost effective alternative to helicopter and basket transfers.

Ampelmann said it created the Icemann in response to growing demand for effective and safe personnel transfer equipment in frontier regions. The company anticipates strong demand for the Icemann to service remote and extreme cold oil and gas areas in non-Arctic Russia, Norway and Canada as well as regions of the Caspian Sea.

Ampelmann announced last year that Sakhalin Energy had ordered an Icemann system for use at the Sakhalin-2 field in eastern Russia (outside of the Arctic Circle). Set to be installed later this year, Ampelmann has worked closely with Sakhalin Energy to tailor the system to the unique requirements of the project which will be installed on one of the company's ice class vessels for the next 10 years.

"The system has been designed from the bottom up with every single component selected for its ability to operate in these extreme conditions. Given the remoteness of the work, it is crucial that maintenance is minimal and this has been reflected in the design," said Jim Craig, Ampelmann's chief executive officer.

"Various different extreme weather technologies are employed in the design of the Iceman, making it the most high performance gangway system that has ever been built from an operations and conditions point of view. The system has been in development for a long-time and we have worked with the customer to meet their exact requirements."

Apr 20, 2017

 QRCode for link to Ampelmann Unveils the Icemann story
 

Maritime Safety

Survitec at Marintec China 2017

Photo: Survitec Group

Safety solutions provider Survitec is continuing to show its commitment to the Asia-Pacific region

Ocean Signal Introduces New AIS Transponder

Photo: Ocean Signal

Ocean Signal is introducing the ATA100 Class A AIS Transponder, a combined SOLAS and Inland

Marioff Upgrades HI-FOG Water Treatment Unit

Photo: Marioff

Marioff has upgraded its HI-FOG water mist fire protection system, the HI-FOG  water treatment

Marine Equipment

New Grease Extends Life, Lowers Temp of Tugboat Shaft Bearings

web tug-kluber.jpg

How does a tugboat operator with over 26 vessels used in docking, escort, ocean towing and

Langh Tech Scrubbers, EGR Water Treatment for New Box Ships

Three containerships on order for Eimskip Island and Royal Arctic Line will be equipped with hybrid scrubber systems and EGR water treatment systems from Langh Tech. (Image: Langh Tech)

Three container vessels on order at Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China for Eimskip Island ehf

Optimarin Offering 5-year Parts and Service Guarantee

Tore Andersen  (Photo: Optimarin)

Norwegian-headquartered ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin said it has become the

New Products

New Coating Dispensing System

(Photo: Sulzer Mixpac USA, Inc.)

Sulzer Mixpac USA, Inc. has launched MIXPAC MixCoat Manual, a new member of its cartridge-based

New Curved Jaw Flange Couplings Launched

(Image: Guardian Couplings)

Guardian Couplings has launched the new curved jaw flange (JF) K45 Series shaft-to-shaft coupling

ACO Marine Unveils Wastewater Management System

Clarimar MF (Photo: ACO)

ACO Marine has introduced a new Clarimar MF wastewater management system for yachts operating with