Ampelmann opens first German office to target offshore wind

Netherlands-headquartered offshore personnel transfer firm Ampelmann has opened its first office in Germany in response to growing business in the offshore wind sector.

Ampelmann has traditionally been a strong player in the offshore oil and gas sector but is increasingly winning business in the windpower market.Ampelmann opens first German office to target offshore wind

The new base in Hamburg will be led by Tim Bàƒ¶rner, who has been appointed as Business Development Manager for offshore wind in Germany.

Bàƒ¶rner joins the company from Global Renewables Ship Brokers GmbH where he most recently held the role of Offshore Shipbroker for more than five years, focusing on the offshore wind market.

“I am excited to be joining Ampelmann at such a pivotal moment, as walk-to-work operations become increasingly vital in the offshore renewable industry, particularly off the German coast,” he Bàƒ¶rner.

“As the offshore wind market continues to strengthen, Hamburg is a key hub for this sector and it makes perfect sense for Ampelmann to have a presence in the city where we can continue to build on the relationships already in place.”

Friso Talsma, manager for sales and business development for offshore wind at Ampelmann said: “A recent report revealed 2017 was a record year for investment in future wind farms and these projects will require offshore workers for maintenance and inspection campaigns for years to come.”

Ampelmann operates in Europe, Africa, the Asia Pacific, Americas and the Middle East. It maintains a fleet of 55 operational systems used for transferring crews and cargo to offshore structures.

Earlier this month its A400 gangway system set sail from Rotterdam to undertake its first deployment to transfer crew and cargo to the Arkona offshore windfarm in the German Baltic Sea.

The walk-to-work system will be used to transfer personnel and essential cargo during commissioning work over the next eight months.

The A400 is the latest addition to Ampelmann’s portfolio of gangway systems and was designed and manufactured specifically for the offshore wind market. It was fabricated at the company’s dedicated manufacturing facility in Rotterdam.

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