Unique control unit for Next Generation Gangway of Barge Master and Bosch Rexroth
Barge Master is a supplier of motion compensation systems for the offshore industry. The Next Generation Gangway is the company's latest innovation. The system transfers people from a ship to, for example, offshore wind turbines or platforms. The machine compensates wave motion, and at the same time stabilizes the gangway for people walking over it. The gangway is also applicable as a crane for light loads. The unique open control unit of the gangway was designed and produced by Merford Cabins, in extensive consultation with Barge Master and Bosch Rexroth.
Offshore wind market
A sum of complex technologies underlies the Next Generation Gangway, a joint project of Barge Master and Bosch Rexroth. The result: a clever system operating a gangway that people can use to walk to an object at sea. The system is able to compensate for a wave height of 3 meters. This results in an operator window improvement of 400% in comparison with other existing systems. The gangway is mounted on a pedestal, with an integrated lift that is able to transport both people and objects from the deck of the ship to the level of the gangway. The system was designed for the offshore sector and can be used best for the maintenance of and access to different offshore plants.
Half open and covered
Merford was asked to develop a control unit that can be used for operating the gangway. We decided an open unit would fit best in this specific situation, as the requirements on sight lines were pretty severe. The companies involved had specific demands in terms of functionality, technical performance and aesthetics. The result: a unique control unit, half open and covered, fitted with a spacious e-cabinet and a roof of perspex. During the design phase, the ergonomics of the operator environment had our special attention. The controllers have been placed smartly with respect to the seat. As a result, almost anyone, whatever their size, can control the gangway with ease. The first control unit can be found on a gangway that is currently being tested onshore. Soon this gangway will be installed on an offshore support vessel.
In June 2017, the Next Generation Gangway was presented at the site of Bosch Rexroth in Boxtel. Click here to watch a video of this day.