Offshore Solutions wins prestigious OTC Woelfel Award

Offshore Solutions B.V. is celebrating after winning the Offshore Technology Conference 2009 Woelfel Best Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award (BMEA) for the design and operation of its Offshore Access System (OAS).

Designed to operate in 2.5 metre Hs (significant wave height) sea states, the OAS is a hydraulically operated heave compensated telescopic gangway, enabling the safe transfer of personnel from a vessel to an offshore installation. The OAS connects to an offshore installation through the combination of smart electronics, measuring the vessel movements with a patented connection sequence.

The 26th annual Woelfel BMEA award recognises a product, device or system displayed at OTC, which best reflects innovation and/or practical use of mechanical engineering in solving problems, improving design or maximising performance.

Offshore Solutions, which was up against five other companies, received the award at the 5th annual BMEA award reception last night (Monday 4 May). The award, which was presented on behalf of the Executive Committee of the International Petroleum Technology Institute of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, was presented to Offshore Solutions’ business development manager, Graham Mapes at The Parador in Houston.

Mr Mapes, said: “This is a significant achievement for us and we are delighted to receive such an important award at OTC. It is testament to the expert team at Offshore Solutions, who work hard to continuously develop the OAS, which passes on direct benefits to our customers through improving productivity. Having recently accomplished three years without any lost time incidents, the award proves that our step changing technology continues to be one of the safest and most efficient methods for accessing offshore installations.”

Offshore Solutions is exhibiting at OTC in the Dutch pavilion, stand 2327.