Norside Wind AS has awarded SMST a contract for the delivery of a motion compensated gangway combined with an Access & Cargo Tower for the conversion of former platform supply vessel ‘Farland’. The contract is a continuation of their cooperation that was sealed last year with the first contract for supplying a similar set of walk-to-work equipment, for the freshly converted Norside Supporter.
Recently, Norside has taken ownership of the Farland, vessel of Ulstein’s PX121 design. The former PSV will be converted into a walk-to-work vessel for the offshore wind industry and will operate under the name ‘Norside Cetus’. “After a successful delivery of the gangway package for the Norside Supporter, we returned to SMST for a second set of their equipment. We believe that their walk-to-work solution complements the PX121 design and increases the performance level of the vessel’s operations. And above all, guarantees safe transfer of crew and cargo”, says Hans Martin Gravdal, CEO at Norside Wind AS.
The delivery of the gangway, the SMST Telescopic Access Bridge L-Series (TAB-L), with Access & Cargo Tower is planned for Q3-2022. The equipment incorporates important features that ensure deployability in all current and future offshore wind parks. “The TAB-L with automation packages and electrical height adjustment system that operates on both sides of the vessel is definitely futureproof”, says Jelle Dijk, Sales Manager at SMST. Besides using the gangway for walk-to-work operations, it has also a crane functionality for transferring cargo up to 3t. “We are very pleased with the trust of Norside and we are confident that with our equipment we can offer them high performance and many safe transfers.”