A1 Offshore Solutions ApS and SMST installed an SMST motion compensated gangway aboard the PSV Eurus Express in just 7 days from the contract signing, a record for the industry thus far. The Platform Supply Vessel is now equipped to safely transfer technicians from vessel to transition piece in the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm. The rented gangway is SMST’s Telescopic Access Bridge (TAB) M-series, including 4 stacking modules for working at height and was fully installed on 16th May. The Eurus Express is contracted by GeoSea for 45 days to support the installation of transition pieces in the offshore wind farm located 120km off the Yorkshire coast.

Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque (DSDu) has begun work on the conversion of the 8,072gt/2002 built trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Samuel de Champlain from diesel-electric propulsion to dual-fuel capability combining MGO and LNG. The ship is the first such conversion to be done by DSDu and the yard is proud to be at the forefront of this project. Re-delivery is scheduled for December 2018. The current propulsion system of the Samuel de Champlain is diesel-electric burning MGO, so the package includes the change of generators to dual-fuel models and the installation of onboard LNG storage facilities. The new engines will be installed on a new block which is currently being prefabricated in DSDu’s workshop and this will be installed later this year while the vessel is in drydock. The Samuel de Champlain was built in 2002 and is the largest vessel in the GIE Dragages Ports fleet. Based in the Grand Maritime Port of Nantes-Saint-Nazaire, she divides her time between the Loire and Seine estuaries.

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