Ampelmann, the Dutch offshore access provider, has signed a new, 3-year contract with Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) for work in Asia Pacific. The company will provide two of its latest version L-type systems to enable daily crew change operations in the region.
“We are excited to continue our collaboration with BSP and are thankful for their continued trust in our services,” says Joeri Poelmann, Ampelmann’s Area Manager for Asia Pacific. “This contract is proof of the local industry’s push to make offshore access ever safer and more efficient.” In 2020, Ampelmann is operating no less than seven motion compensated gangways in Brunei, making it the preferred offshore access provider in the country.
In 2013, BSP was the first to choose Ampelmann for their crew change operations in the region. With a decade of experience and offices in Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia, Ampelmann has extensive knowledge of the state of the local market. “We are familiar with the challenges of the offshore industry in the region and know how to best solve them for our clients,” says Poelmann. With a large team of experienced local offshore operators and a skilled onshore team, the company is also able to deploy a workforce on a short notice and fulfil the local content requirements as set out by the government.
Ampelmann’s first version of the L-type system was initially developed in collaboration with BSP for their crew change operations and made its first transfers in Brunei back in 2013. After many iterations, the latest system is a compact and electrically powered plug-and-play system enabling continuous access from vessel to offshore platform, and vice versa, capable of transferring 50 people in less than five minutes. The L-type can be deployed in sea states beyond 2 metres significant wave height, making it possible to use year-round, including during the monsoon season.
The latest version of the system, the version 4, has been in use since 2018. With a proven track record and unsurpassed workability in many regions throughout the globe, it remains the most suitable solution for crew change operations.
Over the past decade, Ampelmann’s systems have helped make offshore access in the Asia Pacific region safe and more efficient. With continuous interest from the industry, the company is looking at a maturing market where motion compensated gangway systems are gradually becoming the norm.