NAM has selected Wagenborg to support offshore operations for a period of 10 years. Wagenborg has commissioned Niestern Sander from Delfzijl to build a ship: the ‘’Walk-to-Work’’ Vessel. A truly unique vessel that will play a crucial role in maintenance and servicing of NAM production platforms in the North Sea. The vessel is expected to be delivered early 2015. The project is good news for employment in the Groningen Province.

On Thursday July 11th, NAM and shipowner Wagenborg from Delfzijl signed a cooperation agreement. Wagenborg will support NAM’s offshore projects in the North Sea and has commissioned Niestern Sander in Delfzijl to build a ship.

More safe, efficient, effective and productive

The Walk-to-Work vessel will enable NAM to execute work activities on production platforms for offshore gas production more safely, efficient, effective and in a more productive manner. The vessel combines a range of functionalities. The vessel offers space for twenty crew and two shifts to accommodate a total of forty maintenance and service staff. Chemicals can be safely stored, transported and moved to platforms and a crane has been designed to compensate movement, allowing it to move heavy loads. Wells can be re-started by use of a mobile installation.

Walk to work, one hundred miles offshore

The fully integrated Ampelmann-system enables a safe offshore work environment, with waves of up to 2.5 meters. This innovative technology, designed in the Netherlands, allows staff to safely move between vessel and platform: 'walk to work at sea'. The vessel can deliver a substantial cost reduction through the efficient employment of both staff and materials. Offshore, the Walk-to-Work vessel delivers value by allowing service and maintenance staff to work on several different platforms on one route. The vessel effectively gives the team a workplace, a storage facility, a hotel and transport.

Employment

The Niestern Sander shipyard in Delfzijl will employ roughly 80 staff for the next 18 months to work on the Vessel. In addition to that, a large number of subcontractors and suppliers from the region are involved in the project. Indirect employment is estimated at 250 man-years.

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