Friday, August 19, 2022

SMST equips first ever Chinese SOV for W2W

SMST is part of the very first Service Operation Vessel (SOV) for the Chinese offshore wind industry. On board the newbuild vessel, the reliable SMST walk-to-work equipment will do what it is proven to be good at: provide safe access to the wind turbines and ensure optimal logistics. With this delivery to the Chinese market SMST is further strengthening the global presence of its modular and height adjustable gangway setups.

Recently, shipyard ZPMC in China has awarded SMST the contract for the delivery of an Access & Cargo Tower with motion compensated gangway, the so-called Telescopic Access Bridge L-Series, for the new build SOV of Shanghai Electric Windpower Group, Ulstein design SX195 with accommodation for 100 POB. The Chinese shipowner, that is the largest offshore wind turbine supplier in the country, will contract the SOV for maintenance of wind turbines in China’s Jiangsu and Fujian province.  

“SMST is very proud to be part of this breakthrough project in the Chinese offshore wind industry”, says Charlotte Hietkamp-Luo, Sales Manager at SMST, “With our mission equipment we contribute to realizing a safe working environment for the people operating in the Chinese offshore wind farms, and at the same time improve the operational efficiency of the SOV.” The integrated setup of the Access & Cargo Tower with elevator and telescopic motion compensated gangway secures continuous and stepless transfer of crew and cargo from vessel to offshore structure, also in severe weather conditions.

Ni Feng, Project Manager at ZPMC comments: “We have a strong confidence in the equipment of SMST, based on their proven track record and advanced technology applied to their gangway systems. Together we are committed to add extra value, to the vessel and the Chinese offshore wind industry.”

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