Hydrauvision nominated for innovation prize 'Emergo'
This year, Hydrauvision is one of the 5 companies nominated out of all applications for the Zeeland innovation prize 'Emergo' with the Bring-to-Work (B2W) system. This prize for the best innovation in Zeeland will be awarded on November 4. A vote can be taken a few weeks before the ceremony.
The innovation: B2W
In the world of motion compensated 'offshore access' systems, developments are ongoing. Hydrauvision, in collaboration with the company Z-Bridge BV, has therefore developed a second innovative way of switching from a moving ship at sea to an offshore construction: the B2W system.
After the previously introduced Z-Bridge, a so-called "Walk to Work" system, was successfully deployed on various projects in the North Sea, the need arose for a new, more compact and lighter system, to transfer people from smaller ships to wind farms. This market demand has been translated into a solution that meets customer requirements, resulting in the B2W system that weighs half the weight of the "Walk to Work" system and is fully compensated for ship movements that occur at wind force 6.
The B2W system makes a safe connection from the ship to the offshore construction. Then up to 4 people are driven to the structure in a lift box over the mast of the system. In addition to the function of passenger transfer, the functionality has been expanded with a crane function. Loads up to 3 tons can be safely placed on a fixed offshore construction from a moving ship by the active compensation of the foot of the new access system.
Want to see how the system works? Click here to watch an animation.
Photo: Test phase B2W system on shore.