Ampelmann, the Dutch offshore access provider, has signed a contract to support maintenance work on a floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO) in Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire). An A-type motion compensated gangway has been fitted to MMA Offshore’s DP2 vessel, the MMA Privilege, and has arrived at location.
In the coming years, an A-type gangway will ensure smooth and continuous crew change operations from the MMA Privilege to the FPSO. Alongside its flagship system, Ampelmann will provide technical and logistical assistance. Trained Ampelmann operators, together with a 24/7 support hotline, will facilitate continuous work on the FPSO and ensure all-round increases in workability.
This is not the first time that the company has been commissioned to supply its systems to facilitate operations in the Ivory Coast. Ampelmann and MMA Offshore have frequently combined their strengths and this collaboration has become a well-established feature of the Ivorian offshore market.
“This is a tried and tested combination,” says Lorenz Nehring, Ampelmann’s Business Developer for Africa, “and we would like to thank MMA and our end client for once again putting their trust in us. We take pride in our systems and this long-lasting partnership allows us to showcase our commitment to efficiency and safety in a region we have become intimately familiar with.”
Ampelmann has become a well-known face in the West African offshore energy market. With a track record of more than 100,000 transfers in the Ivory Coast alone and almost a decade of experience in the region as a whole, the company’s systems, services and technical expertise underscore the widespread applications of its motion compensated systems. By increasing the efficiency of offshore operations and providing uninterrupted technical and logistical support, Ampelmann has become firmly entrenched in the Gulf of Guinea as a trustworthy and reliable offshore access provider.
The use of motion compensated gangways, such as the A-type, has become an important asset to the modern-day offshore transfer market. Compared to other transfer solutions, Walk to Work (W2W) campaigns significantly improve efficiency, workability, and safety. By providing constant support in the background, the company’s Operations Control Centre (OCC) can quickly adapt to local needs and requirements whenever necessary.
“Ampelmann systems are known for their reliability,” says Nehring, “and as a global company we understand that each region we operate in is different and has its specific needs. We have become accustomed to adjusting to local situations and our long-term experience as a global offshore access provider will undoubtedly be hugely beneficial to the Western African energy market.”