Ampelmann and Seaway7 Partner on Their First US Offshore Wind Project

Dutch offshore access provider, Ampelmann, has received an order from Seaway7 to supply an E5000 gangway, which will support the construction of a major US coast offshore wind project.

The order not only marks the first collaboration of Seaway7 and Ampelmann in the Americas but will also see the first tour of duty of the E5000 outside of Europe, said the Dutch company.

According to Ampelmann, the E5000 is the biggest motion-compensated system in the world. The gangway has a lifting capacity of 4,600 kg.

Based on the proven technology of the E1000, it can switch between crane and gangway mode in less than a minute.

Because of its high cargo-bearing capacity, the E5000 is well equipped to lift heavier generators, including fuel and cables, that are required for larger wind turbines.

“Over the past year the company has invested in hiring and training local operators as well as other operational support personnel. We are particularly honoured to be able to provide support to this important US wind farm project together with a global leader in offshore wind like Seaway7. We are excited to see this system operating in the US for the first time and we are particularly thankful to be working with Seaway7 on this project,” said Joseph Gabriel, Ampelmann’s Business Developer for US Wind.

This is not the first time Ampelmann secured work in the US offshore wind market. In March 2023, the company signed six new contracts for the supply of its E1000 and A300 gangways.

The gangways were used to assist in the hook-up, cabling, and commissioning of turbines on Vineyard Wind and South Fork Wind projects.

When it comes to Seaway7, the company recently was awarded a contract by PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna and Ørsted for the transportation and installation of the substations for the Baltica 2 wind farm in the Polish Baltic Sea.

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