Third Offshore Access System Settles in at Southern North Sea Installation

Offshore Solutions B.V. has announced the installation and operation of the third Offshore Access System (OAS) in the Southern North Sea. An OAS is a heave compensated telescopic gangway, enabling the safe transfer of personnel from a ship to an offshore installation. This new OAS, installed on the REM Mermaid vessel chartered by GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland, is not only a safer, but also a more efficient means of transfer.

The OAS, installed on the REM Mermaid is designed to operate in 2.5 meter Hs (significant wave height) sea states. The REM Mermaid is a multi purpose supply vessel, equipped with a class two dynamic positioning system (which guarantees the ship's stable position) and is ideally suited to support the OAS. Weighing approximately 24 tonnes, the OAS will initially be used to connect the vessel to GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland's K12D and L10L platforms, in the Dutch sector of the Southern North Sea (SNS). Four platforms in total are to be serviced by the REM Mermaid and OAS in the coming year.

Offshore Solutions B.V.'s general manager, Ian Sadler, said, "The OAS has been specifically designed to maximise safety and productivity, and is particularly suited to the difficult North Sea conditions. Having achieved over 1,300 operational connections with no lost time incidents, we are delighted to announce the successful installation and operation of the third OAS in the SNS onboard the REM Mermaid."