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Osbit delivers bespoke gangway for Seajacks Scylla

CTBR Staff Writer Published 24 August 2017

Osbit has delivered a bespoke access system for Seajacks Scylla, an offshore wind farm installation and maintenance vessel deployed for the 659MW Walney Extension wind farm project in the Irish Sea.

The gangway which extends up to a distance of 35m is currently operating on the Seajacks Scylla off the west coast of England. Its role is to provide access from the vessel to turbine transition pieces.

Based in Northumberland, UK, Osbit says that it has completed the gangway project within its 18-week schedule.

A new addition to the existing offshore access capability of Osbit, the telescopic, variable height gangway has been particularly designed to meet the requirements of Seajacks.

Osbit says that the gangway has an unusually wider height capability ranging between -45 degrees and +15 degrees to make sure that it is not curbed by the height of the jack-up vessel. 

Osbit managing director Brendon Hayward said: “We’re delighted to work with Seajacks, in this exciting project which further expands our presence in the offshore access solutions market and demonstrates our capability to diversify and adapt our solutions to meet the cost savings and efficiency improvements required by our clients.

“Collaborating closely with Seajacks, our bespoke gangway is designed to provide a wide scope of height deployment, which will prevent operational downtime and enable seamless integration into its landmark vessel’s extensive jack-up capabilities.”

Fitted with 105m-long legs, the Scylla jack up vessel can install components in water depths of up to 65m. The Dong Energy offshore wind farm for which it is at work is expected to be completed in late 2018 to provide clean energy to over 500,000 homes.


Image: Seajacks Scylla offshore wind farm installation and maintenance vessel. Photo: courtesy of Osbit.