SMST Unveils New Cargo and Crew Transfer System
Following the launch of the Telescopic Access Bridge (TAB) M series, with which Windforce’s personnel working on the Wikinger offshore wind farm clocked more than 200 safe transfers this summer, SMST has expanded the product range with the SMST Access & Cargo Tower.
The Access & Cargo Tower covers a complete package of tower with elevator and access bridge trolley system. The modular setup of the new system with variable height adjustment settings allows safe and efficient transfer of both cargo and personnel, SMST said.
It is an integrated system for step-less transfer from multiple deck levels up to the turbine platform. The height of the access bridge can be adjusted to the landing height of the platform and the integrated elevator, with capacity for personnel and cargo pallets, stops at several levels to optimize logistic performance of the vessel.
The motion compensation system that is part of the Access & Cargo Tower compensates the movements of the vessel in all directions. Both active and passive compensation are incorporated in the system. The rotating platform allows operators to work port and starboard of the vessel, resulting in maximum utilization and performance of the system, the company explained, adding that the system can also be expanded with a variety of cranes.
In addition, for height adjustment, the telescopic access bridge can be installed on 20Ft container sized frames, housing elevator and staircase.