Today, even though the offshore oil and gas market is not like it used to be, offshore support vessels are continuing to change and develop in time. While it is changing, the innovations are growing like Walk- to -Work Gangway System technologies.
The ships with W2W class notation are basically designed for safe access to offshore structures, even during bad weather conditions. In order to allow the crew to walk safely, gangways have heave compensation.
Usually, W2W vessels have accommodation inside, and that is another advantages of the vessel since it is hard to put accommodation on a gas platform. In the wind industry, it almost a necessity because usually windfarms are unmanned and W2W system vessels can supply accommodation, easy access, and safe maintenance and repair working condition during the operation.
In order to operate safely and efficiently, heave compensation of the gangway must be well integrated to the automation of the ship which can be controlled by the vessel considering the sea and wind current states during the operation.
This heave compensated gangways can be considered as a safer way of transferring the cargo and crew instead of the other transport vessels like helicopters, crew transfer vessels etc.
In another point of view, constructing a gangway on the offshore support vessel is more cost efficient way instead of building accommodation areas on the offshore platforms or renting a W2W vessel and because of that, W2W vessels are getting more common with time.
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