The Houlder Offshore Turbine Access System (TAS) left the Seawork 2012 Exhibition in Southampton recently to be delivered to South Boats’ Isle of Wight facility, where it will be installed on a workboat for Turbine Transfers Ltd.
The TAS, an active motion compensated gangway co-developed with BMT Nigel Gee, was fully operational throughout the Seawork Exhibition allowing potential customers to experience the patented system and see how it provides a fixed point from which personnel can safely transfer.
Total Maintenance & Engineering, Newcastle, provided technical support during the design and build of the Houlder hydraulic motion control system which utilises a gyroscopic control. Following installation and commissioning – again supported by TME – this first TAS will undergo sea trials this summer.
Jerome Dardillac, Managing Director, said “TME Fluid Power specialises in the field of electronic proportional and servo controlled hydraulics with the precise control advantages that these systems bring.
We were very pleased to be chosen for this exciting project which demonstrates the future of “intelligent” hydraulics and which will significantly increase the safety of personnel transferring from a moving boat to an offshore turbine.” (www.tmehydraulics.co.uk)
TME is part of the MKW Engineering group who provided the fabrication, painting and assembly of the structure ensuring the entire project was completed “in house.”
An animation of the TAS is available on www.houlderltd.com
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