Successful sea trials of Turbine Access System

Monday, 15 October, 2012 - 14:45

The British companies Houlder Ltd. and BMT Nigel Gee have announced that their jointly developed Turbine Access System (TAS) has successfully completed an extensive set of offshore trials. The TAS was fitted to Turbine Transfers’ 24 m vessel Cemlyn Bay. During a four week trials period the Cemlyn Bay made multiple trips at RWE’s Rhyl Flats offshore wind farm, 8km North West of Llandudno.

The TAS is a lightweight motion compensated gangway that provides substantially improved access to offshore wind turbines for maintenance personnel. TAS can be fitted to a wide range of existing wind farm support vessels. And the TAS platform does not connect to the turbine structure in any way. During the test at Rhyl Flats, despite experiencing wave heights in excess of 1.8 m, the TAS gangway provided a stable transfer platform with the system performing within its safe operating limits.

Frederic Perdrix, Chief Technology Officer at Houlder, commented “It’s one thing seeing an animation but actually seeing it on a wind turbine in heavy seas was most impressive.” Hazel Phillips, General Manager at Turbine Transfers, added: “We have been very impressed by the performance of the TAS and believe that this provides a step change in transfer safety and operability”.


Katharina Garus

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