Ampelmann commissions Cargo Transfer System

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Offshore specialist company Ampelmann has reported that the latest innovation of the Ampelmann fleet, the Cargo Transfer System (CTS), has been successfully tested.

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The CTS hoisting cargo at the North Sea

Besides the traditional Ampelmann gangway which provides safe people transfer, the CTS is equipped with a crane that allows safe cargo transfer from a moving vessel to any fixed or floating structure at sea.

The CTS is based on the same technology as the Ampelmann A-type and E-type system, a proven concept of a self-stabilizing hexapod with 6 hydraulic cylinders that compensates the real time motions of a vessel. With this specific hexapod configuration, Ampelmann has a track record of more than 750.000 safe people transfers at sea.

The hexapod of the CTS has a cylinder stroke of 3 meters. Therefore, this unit is capable of compensating actual heave motions up to 2.5 meters. The CTS is assembled on this compensating platform: a crane with a boom of 32 meters and the capacity of lifting 8,5 tons. After transferring offshore personnel, the foldable jib changes the ‘standard gangway’ into a crane with a hoisting function. During the trials last week at the North Sea, both people and cargo are safely transferred from a moving vessel to a production platform and vice versa.

With the CTS, Ampelmann strives to serve (un)manned platforms and wind turbines by transferring people and cargo on a safe and cost efficient manner compared to jack-ups, helicopters, vessel’s crane and semi – subs. In addition, operators can do without using expensive cranes and helidecks, which need to be installed on these platforms.

 

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Press Release, August 25, 2014

 

 

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