Van Oord’s installation vessel Aeolus has been fitted with a telescopic access bridge (TAB) by the Netherlands-based SMST. The TAB-M includes a flatrack and pedestal elevator system and will be used for work at the Walney Extension offshore windfarm in the UK.
After training by SMST, Aeolus crew completed the first connection on 24 June in significant wave heights of 1m and wind speeds of 20 m/s.
The Walney Extension project requires the transition pieces to be installed in DP2 mode, so needs a compensated gangway. The telescopic pedestal will assist with the high tide differences, enabling height compensation of up to 6m.