Osbit lands Hornsea 1 access job
Boat landing system to be fitted to Gulf Marine jack-up vessel
UK offshore engineering and technology company Osbit is to provide a boat landing and access system for Dong Energy’s Hornsea 1 offshore wind farm off the east coast of the UK.
The system will be fitted to a Gulf Marine Services jack-up accommodation vessel.
It will allow technicians to access transfer vessels regardless of whether the GMS ship is floating or has been jacked-up to 21 metres above sea level.
A crane onboard the vessel will raise or lower the system, which will also feature a waiting area.
The vessel, and its sister accommodation vessel, will be deployed 120km off the Yorkshire coast.
Osbit will fabricate the landing system in the UK north-east, with installation on the jack-up vessel scheduled for the start of 2018.
Osbit managing director Brendon Hayward said: “The versatility of the system ensures transfers can take place without being affected by the jack-up vessel height and therefore won’t interfere with operations or substation access.”
Gulf Marine Services chief executive Duncan Anderson said: “The system gives our barges the ability to safely transfer personnel from crew transfer boats to our barges while remaining jacked up on location with the requisite air gap.
“Once again it reduces non-productive time for our client while enhancing and improving safety and comfort for those workers offshore who need to access offshore wind transition stations for hook up or maintenance.”