Barge Master launches fit-for-purpose gangway

30 November 2015

Barge Master announces the official launch of a motion compensated gangway after building a track record in motion compensated lifting. ‘The overall offshore logistics consists of safe and efficient transfer of cargo and people. While we are already known for our motion compensated lifting, customers asked us to deliver the complete package: one supplier for both cargo and people transfer’, says Martijn Koppert, CEO of Barge Master. ‘Based on the input of a team of industry experts we designed the gangway, taking into account experiences with the products already available on the market’. Existing systems have their limitations, in a market where every project is different in location, wave spectrum, vessel used and offshore facilities. Therefore the high performance Barge Master Gangway can be configured to specific project needs, thanks to a modular design.

The model 3.0 compensates vessel motions in significant wave heights (Hs) up to 3 meters by actively telescoping, slewing and luffing the bridge. Tip compensation allows for landing on any type of offshore facility, without modification of the landing area. The standard pedestal interface is easily mobilized on any type of vessel. It is designed to be compact with a small, lightweight footprint and low power consumption. Built-in safety features like redundancy of all critical components and intuitive operator control allow it to be operated safely by a single operator.

The model 4.5 is based on the model 3.0 with the motion compensated pedestal module added, offering an increased workability to an extraordinary Hs=4.5m. This model can be placed at any location on the deck while maintaining performance. Another feature for both models is the integrated lifting winch for cargo transfer up to 1.000kg that has Barge Master’s patented onboard lifting mode built in. More modules are available like a height adjustable pedestal, two bridge lengths and several access options.

‘We are now able to offer a Walk to Work package that matches each customer’s need’, Martijn continues. ‘By combining the gangway and a crane on one vessel for example, the hydraulic power unit, motion sensors, operators, spare parts and maintenance services can be shared, leading to lower costs. Besides that, the systems function as a backup of each other as well: the gangway is able to lift cargo and the crane is able to transfer people’.

The Barge Master Gangway is available for sale or can be rented.

Read more about the BM-Gangway here

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